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Lycophidion namibianum BROADLEY, 1991

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Namibian Wolf Snake 
SynonymLycophidion namibianum BROADLEY 1991
Lycophidion hellmichi HAACKE 1970: 281 (not LAURENT)
Lycophidion semicinctum PETERS 1867: 36 (not DUMÉRIL & BIBRON)
Lycophidion capense capense — MERTENS 1955 (not A. SMITH), part.
Lycophidion namibianum — BRANCH 1993: 20
Lycophidion namibianum — BROADLEY 1996
Lycophidion namibianum — WALLACH et al. 2014: 410
Lycophidion namibianum — SCHLEICHER 2020 
DistributionNamibia, Angola

Type locality: west of Usakos, Karibib District, Namibia.  
TypesHolotype: DNMNH (= TM) 52730 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Nostril pierced near the rear edge of the nasal. which is followed by a postnasal that is well separated from the first supralabial. Dorsal scales with single apical pits in 17-17-15 rows, the reduction taking place well before the vent; ventrals 193-207 in males, 202-213 in females; subcaudals 38-42 in males, 30-34 in females (Broadley 1996: 17).

Coloration: Dorsum reddish to dark brown, with heavy pale speckling and variable markings, lower 3-4 lateral scale rows and ends of ventrals white, chin and throat white, ventrals dark brown mesially (Broadley 1996: 17).

Skull: elongate, strong parietal crests well separated posteriorly (Broadley 1996: 17).

Size. Largest male (TMP 52863 - 18 km NW of Hunkab River Crossing, Skeleton Coast Park) 315 + 42 = 357 mm; largest female (SAM 46298 - Rossing Mine) 530 + 56 = 586 mm (Broadley 1996: 17). 
CommentSynonymy after BROADLEY 1991.

Distribution: Map: Broadley 1996 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
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  • Branch, William R.; Pedro Vaz Pinto, Ninda Baptista, and Werner Conradie 2019. The Reptiles of Angola: History, Diversity, Endemism and Hotspots. Chapter 13 in: B. J. Huntley et al. (eds.), Biodiversity of Angola. Springer Verlag, pp. 283-334 - get paper here
  • Broadley D G. 1991. A review of the Namibian snakes of the genus Lycophidion (Serpentes: Colubridae), with the description of a new endemic species. Annals Transvaal Mus. 35 (14): 209-215 - 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. - get paper here
  • DEVANEY, CALUM. 2021. LYCOPHIDION NAMIBIANUM (Namibian Wolf Snake). DIET. Herpetological Review 52 (1): 163. - get paper here
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  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - get paper here
  • Hörold, R. 2018. Hausschlangen – versteckte Vielfalt. Reptilia 23 (129): 16-22
  • Lobón-Rovira J, Vaz Pinto P, S. Becker F, Tolley KA, Measey J, Bennet B, Boon B, de Sá S, Conradie W 2022. An updated herpetofaunal species inventory of Iona National Park in southwestern Angola. Check List 18(2): 289-321 - get paper here
  • Mertens,R. 1955. Die Herpetofauna Südwestafrikas. Abh. senckenb. naturf. Ges., Frankfurt, 529: 1-110
  • Peters, Wilhem Carl Hartwig 1867. Über eine Sammlung von Flederthieren und Amphibien aus Otjimbingue in Südwestafrica, welche Hr. Missionär Hahn dem zoologischen Museum zugesandt hat. Monatsber. königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin. 1867 (April): 234-237 - get paper here
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2015. Reptilien Namibias. Namibia Scientific  Society, 276 pp.
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2020. Reptiles of Namibia. Kuiseb Publishers, Windhoek, Namibia, 271 pp.
  • 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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