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Micrelaps bicoloratus STERNFELD, 1908

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesMicrelaps bicoloratus bicoloratus STERNFELD 1908
Micrelaps bicoloratus moyeri RASMUSSEN 2002 
Common NamesKenya Two-headed Snake 
SynonymMicrelaps bicoloratus STERNFELD 1908: 93
Micrelaps bicoloratus — DE WITTE & LAURENT 1947
Micrelaps bicoloratus — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 28
Micrelaps bicoloratus — RASMUSSEN 2002
Micrelaps bicoloratus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 438
Micrelaps bicoloratus — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 458 
DistributionKenya

moyeri: S Kenya, N Tanzania; Type locality: Ol Donyo Sambu, Mt Meru area, Tanzania.

Type locality: Kibwezi, Kenya.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: ZMB 20725
Types: ZMUC [moyeri] 
Diagnosis 
CommentVenomous!

WALLACH (1991; unpubl. thesis) proposed that M. bicoloratus may be a synonym of M. boettgeri, which has been synonymized with M. vaillanti by RASMUSSEN (2002). 
Etymology 
References
  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Rasmussen, J. B. 2002. A review of the African members of the genus Micrelaps Boettger 1880 (Serpentes Atractaspididae). Tropical Zoology 15: 71-87 - get paper here
  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147] - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • Sternfeld, R. 1908. Neue und ungenügend bekannte afrikanische Schlangen. S. Ber. Ges. naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 4: 92-95 - 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.
  • Witte, G. F. de & LAURENT,R.F. 1947. Revision d'un groupe de Colubridae africains: genres Calamelaps, Miodon, Aparallactus, et formes affines. Mém. Mus. Roy. Hist. Nat. Belgique (sér. 2) 29: 1-134
 
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