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Madagascarophis lolo RUANE, BURBRINK, RANDRIAMAHATANTSOA & RAXWORTHY, 2016

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Pseudoxyrhophiinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymMadagascarophis lolo RUANE, BURBRINK, RANDRIAMAHATANTSOA & RAXWORTHY 2016 
DistributionMadagascar (Antsiranana)

Type locality: Madagascar, Antsiranana Province, Diana Region, Ankarana National Park, ~4 km northwest of the village of Mahamasina, tsingy karst trail, 102 m elevation, 49.115078° E, 12.942108° S.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. AMNH 176422 (RAX 12626), adult male (Fig. 1 in Ruane et al. 2016), Madagascar, Antsiranana Province, Diana Region, Ankarana National Park, ~4 km northwest of the village of Mahamasina, tsingy karst trail, 102 m elevation, 49.115078E, 12.942108S, 9 February 2014, 1930 hours, B. Randriamahatantsoa, C. Raxworthy, S. Ruane. 
CommentBehavior: crepuscular/nocturnal

Habitat: tsingy karst rocks, in an exposed area with low scrub habitat 
EtymologyThe species name, lolo, is taken from the Malagasy word for ghost; it is a noun in apposition to the genus name. This name refers to 1) the ghostly pale gray color of the holotype, and 2) that M. lolo has eluded discovery for so long at Ankarana, arguably one of the better surveyed sites in Madagascar. 
References
  • Ruane, Sara; Frank T. Burbrink, Bernard Randriamahatantsoa, and Christopher J. Raxworthy 2016. The Cat-eyed Snakes of Madagascar: Phylogeny and Description of a New Species of Madagascarophis (Serpentes: Lamprophiidae) from the Tsingy of Ankarana. Copeia: September 2016, Vol. 104, No. 3, pp. 712-721 - get paper here
 
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