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Lycophidion acutirostre GÜNTHER, 1868

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Lamprophiinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesMozambique Wolf Snake 
SynonymLycophidium acutirostre GÜNTHER 1868: 427
Lycophidium acutirostre — BOULENGER 1893: 338
Lycophidion acutirostre — BROADLEY 1996
Lycophidion acutirostre — SPAWLS et al. 2001: 322
Lycophidion acutirostre — WALLACH et al. 2014: 408
Lycophidion acutirostre — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 396 
DistributionS Tanzania, N Mozambique, S Malawi [SPAWLS et al. 2001]

Type locality: [Zanzibar]  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.14.34-38 
Diagnosis 
CommentHas been considered a synonym of Lycophidion semiannule (removed from synonymy by Broadley 1996).

Distribution: Not in South Africa according to A. Bauer & A. Feldman (pers. comm., 9 Mar 2011). Map: Broadley 1996. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “acuere” = sharp, or “acutus” = sharpened, pointed, or “acumen” = tip, or “acus” = needle; “rostrum” = beak, proboscis, or trunk. 
References
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G. 1996. A revision of the genus Lycophidion Fitzinger (Serpentes: Colubridae) in Africa south of the equator. Syntarsus 3: 1-33.
  • Conradie, Werner; Gabriela B. Bittencourt-Silva, Hanlie M. Engelbrecht, Simon P. Loader, Michele Menegon, Cristóvão Nanvonamuquitxo, Michael Scott, Krystal A. Tolley, 2016. Exploration into the hidden world of Mozambique’s sky island forests: new discoveries of reptiles and amphibians. Zoosyst. Evol. 92 (2): 163–180, DOI 10.3897/zse.92.9948 - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1868. Sixth account of new species of snakes in the collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (4) 1: 413-429 - 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
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - 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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