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Mehelya egbensis DUNGER, 1966

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Dunger's File Snake 
SynonymMehelya egbensis DUNGER 1966
Gonionotophis egbensis — KELLY et al. 2011
Mehelya egbensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 425
Mehelya egbensis — BROADLEY et al. 2018
Gonionotophis egbensis — CHIPPAUX & JACKSON 2019: 212 

Type locality: "Egbe, Nigeria (latitude 8˚14'N., longitude 5˚31'E.)." [Kwana State].  
TypesHolotype: AMNH 96100, a 235 mm male (D. Warren, Oct. 1964). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • 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
  • Dunger, G.T. 1966. A new species of the colubrid genus Mehelya from Nigeria. American Museum Novitates 2268: 1-8. - get paper here
  • Kelly, Christopher M.R.; William R. Branch, Donald G. Broadley, Nigel P. Barker, Martin H. Villet 2011. Molecular systematics of the African snake family Lamprophiidae Fitzinger, 1843 (Serpentes: Elapoidea), with particular focus on the genera Lamprophis Fitzinger 1843 and Mehelya Csiki 1903. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 58(3): 415-426 - 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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