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Lycodonomorphus obscuriventris FITZSIMONS, 1963

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Floodplain Water Snake 
SynonymLycodonomorphus whytii obscuriventris FITZSIMONS 1963
Lycodonomorphus whytii obscuriventris — FITZSIMONS 1966
Lycodonomorphus obscuriventris — BRANCH 1993: 1
Lycodonomorphus obscuriventris — BROADLEY 1995
Lycodonomorphus obscuriventris — BROADLEY & BLAYLOCK 2013
Lycodonomorphus obscuriventris — WALLACH et al. 2014: 398
Lycodonomorphus obscuriventris — KEATES et al. 2022 
DistributionS Malawi, Mozambique, SE Zimbabwe, NE South Africa (Broadley 1995), Eswatini

Type locality: Ngirivane Windmill, Kruger National Park, Transvaal, South Africa, approx. 24° 20’ S, 31° 40’ E.  
TypesType: DNMNH (= TM) 26665; other specimens: PEM 
CommentHabitat: floodplains

Distribution: see map in Keates et al. 2022: 3 (Fig. 1) 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of the types, “Mr. Alex. White, F.Z.S.” (but still spelled “whytii” in the original description of Boulenger). 
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • Broadley, D. & Blaylock 2013. The Snakes of Zimbabwe and Botswana. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 387 pp. [book review in Sauria 35 (2): 59 and Copeia 2014: 388] - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G. 1995. A small collection of reptiles and amphibians from central and southern Malawi. African Herp News (24): 16-18 - get paper here
  • FitzSimons, V. 1963. A new subspecies of water-snake from Kruger National Park. Koedoe 7: 26-29 - get paper here
  • Fitzsimons, V. 1966. A check-list, with syntopic keys, to the snakes of southern Africa. Annals Transvaal Museum 25 (3): 35-79 - get paper here
  • Keates, C., Conradie, W., Dalu, T., Dondofema, F., Riddel, E. S., & Wasserman, R. J. 2022. Phylogenetic placement of the enigmatic Floodplain water snake, Lycodonomorphus obscuriventris FitzSimons, 1964. Koedoe, 64(1): 9 - get paper here
  • KYLE, KIRSTY JANE; GRAHAM J. ALEXANDER & LOUIS H. DU PREEZ. 2021. Habitat associations, reproduction, and geographical distribution of Lycodonomorphus obscuriventris (Serpentes: Lamprophiidae). Herpetology Notes 14: 865-867 - get paper here
  • Kyle, Kirsty Jane; Graham J. Alexander, Louis H. Du Preez 2021. Habitat associations, reproduction, and geographical distribution of Lycodonomorphus obscuriventris (Serpentes: Lamprophiidae). Herpetology Notes 14: 865-867 - get paper here
  • Pietersen, Darren, Verburgt, Luke & Davies, John 2021. Snakes and other reptiles of Zambia and Malawi. Struik Nature / Penguin Random House South Africa, 376 pp., ISBN 9781775847373
  • Ukuwela, K.D.B., de Silva, A., Sivaruban, A. et al. 2022. Diversity, distribution, and natural history of the marine snakes of Sri Lanka. Marine Biodiversity 52, 24 (2022) - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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