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Lycophidion nigromaculatum (PETERS, 1863)

IUCN Red List - Lycophidion nigromaculatum - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymAlopecion (Lycodon) nigromaculatus PETERS 1863: 288
Lycophidion nigromaculatum — BAUER et al. 1995: 69
Lycophidion nigromaculatum — SEGNIAGBETO et al. 2012
Lycophidion nigromaculatum — WALLACH et al. 2014: 410
Lycophidion nigromaculatum — SENTER & CHIPPAUX 2022 
DistributionTogo, Ghana, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon

Type locality: “Guinea” [= Dabocron, Ghana] fide GUIBÉ & ROUX-EXTÈVE 1972]  
TypesHolotype: unlocated fide BAUER et al. 1995. 
CommentRMNH 88 has been regarded as the type, but this specimen is referable to Lycophidion melanogaster and was probably not seen by PETERS. PETERS 1875 attribted the name to SCHLEGEL. Authorship is credited to PETERS according to GUIBÉ & ROUX-EXTÈVE 1972 and MEIRTE 1992 (after BAUER 1995). Leston & Hughes revived L. nigromaculatum from the synonymy of L. irroratum. 
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  • Böhme, Wolfgang, Mark-Oliver Rödel, Christian Brede & Philipp Wagner 2011. The reptiles (Testudines, Squamata, Crocodylia) of the forested southeast of the Republic Guinea (Guinée forestière), with a country-wide checklist. Bonn zoological Bulletin 60 (1): 35-61 - get paper here
  • Chippaux, Jean-Philippe & Kate Jackson 2019. Snakes of Central and Western Africa. Johns Hopkins University Press, 448 pp. [detaileld review in HR 51 (1): 161] - get paper here
  • Hughes, B. 1983. African snake faunas. Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 34: 311-356 - get paper here
  • Leache, A. D., Oaks, J. R., Ofori‐Boateng, C. and Fujita, M. K. 2020. Comparative phylogeography of West African amphibians and reptiles. Evolution - get paper here
  • Leaché, Adam D.; Mark-Oliver Rödel, Charles W. Linkem, Raul E. Diaz, Annika Hillers, and Matthew K. Fujita 2006. Biodiversity in a forest island: reptiles and amphibians of the Togo Hills, Kyabobo National Park, Ghana. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 4 (1): 22-45 - get paper here
  • Leston,D. & B. Hughes 1968. The snakes of Tafo, a forest Cocoa farm locality in Ghana. Bull. IFAN (A) 30: 737-770
  • Peters, W. 1863. Über einige neue oder weniger bekannte Schlangenarten des zoologischen Museums zu Berlin. Monatsb. Königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1863: 272-289.
  • Segniagbeto GLazcano. H., Trape J. F., David P., Ohler A., Dubois A. & Glitho I. A. 2011. The snake fauna of Togo: systematics, distribution and biogeography, with remarks on selected taxonomic problems. Zoosystema 33 (3): 325-360. DOI: 10.5252/z2011n3a4 - get paper here
  • Senter, P. J., & Chippaux, J. P. 2022. Biogeography of snakes in Liberia: Review and synthesis of current knowledge. Ghana Journal of Science, 63(1), 29-62 - get paper here
  • TRAPE, JEAN-FRANÇOIS & CELLOU BALDÉ 2014. A checklist of the snake fauna of Guinea, with taxonomic changes in the genera Philothamnus and Dipsadoboa (Colubridae) and a comparison with the snake fauna of some other West African countries. Zootaxa 3900 (3): 301–338 - get paper here
  • 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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