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Lycodonomorphus whytii (BOULENGER, 1897)

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Lamprophiinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesWhyte's Water-Snake 
SynonymGlypholycus whytii BOULENGER 1897
Ablabophis whytii — COTT 1935: 965
Ablabophis rufulus whytii — IONIDES in SWYNNERTON 1952: 10
Lycodonomorphus whytei — HUGHES 1983
Lycodonomorphus whytii whytii — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 24
Lycodonomorphus whytii — BOYCOTT 1992
Lycodonomorphus whytei — BROADLEY 2004
Lycodonomorphus whytii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 389 
DistributionTanzania, Mozambique, Republic of South Africa (Transvaal. Swaziland)

Type locality: Fort Hill = Chipata, Malawi. Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesType: BMNH 1946.1.13.93 (and possibly additional specimens). 
CommentTHOMAS & GRIESSEL 1999 is a web site.

Lycodonomorphus whytii is only known from three female voucher specimens, all from montane streams in southwestern Tanzania and northern Malawi. 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of the types, “Mr. Alex. White, F.Z.S.” (but still spelled “whytii” in the original description of Boulenger). 
References
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1897. A list of the reptiles and batrachians collected in northern Nyasssaland by Mr. Alex Whyte, F.Z.S., and presented to the British Museum by Sir Harry H. Johnston, K.C.B., with descriptions of new species. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1897: 800-803 - get paper here
  • Boycott, R.C. 1992. An Annotated Checklist of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Swaziland. The Conservation Trust of Swaziland - get paper here
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Broadley, D.G. 1995. A small collection of reptiles and amphibians from central and southern Malawi. African Herp News (24): 16-18
  • FitzSimons, V. 1963. A new subspecies of water-snake from Kruger National Park. Koedoe 7: 26-29
  • Fitzsimons, V. 1966. A check-list, with syntopic keys, to the snakes of southern Africa. Annals of the Transvaal Museum 25 (3): 35-79 - get paper here
  • Hughes, B. 1983. African snake faunas. Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 34: 311-356 - get paper here
  • Rasmussen, J. B. 2004. A review of Whyte's Water-snake, Lycodonomorphus whytii (Serpentes: Colubridae: Lamprophiinae). African Journal of Herpetology 53 (2):155-162 - get paper here
  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147] - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
 
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