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Lycophidion pygmaeum BROADLEY, 1996

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Pygmy Wolf Snake 
SynonymLycophidion pygmaeum BROADLEY 1996
Lycophidium semiannulis — BOULENGER 1908: 228 (part.) (not PETERS)
Lycophidium semiannulis — BOULENGER 1910: 506 (part) (not PETERS)
Lycophidion pygmaeum — BRANCH 1993: 19
Lycophidion pygmaeum — BROADLEY 1996
Lycophidion pygmaeum — WALLACH et al. 2014: 411 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (KwaZulu)

Type locality: St. Lucia. Hlabisa District, KwaZulu, South Africa.  
TypesHolotype: DNMNH (= TM) (= TMP) 56602 (Transvaal Museum) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Nasal entire or semidivided, no postnasal. Dorsal scales with single apical pits, in 17 rows, reducing to 15 about one head length anterior to the vent by fusion of rows 3 + 4. Ventrals 140-147 in males, 150-155 in females; subcaudals 25-28 in males; 21-24 in females. Head uniform black above, with a white band round the snout which breaks up behind the eye; dorsal scales stippled with white, ventrum black (Broadley 1996: 13). 
CommentSynonymy partly after BROADLEY 1996.

Distribution: see Map in Broadley 1996 
  • 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.G. 1996. A revision of the genus Lycophidion Fitzinger (Serpentes: Colubridae) in Africa south of the equator. Syntarsus 3: 1-33. - 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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