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Mimophis mahfalensis GRANDIDIER, 1867

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Psammophiinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesMimophis mahfalensis mahfalensis (GRANDIDIER 1867)
Mimophis mahfalensis madagascariensis GÜNTHER 1868 
Common Names 
SynonymMimophis mahfalensis mahfalensis (GRANDIDIER 1867)
Psammophis mahfalensis GRANDIDIER 1867: 234
Mimophis (mahafalensis?) albiceps JOURDRAN 1903
Mimophis mahfalensis — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 339
Mimophis mahfalensis — D’CRUZE et al. 2007
Mimophis mahfalensis — SCHLÜTER 2013: 18
Mimophis mahfalensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 456

Mimophis mahfalensis madagascariensis GÜNTHER 1868
Mimophis madagascariensis GÜNTHER 1868
Mimophis mahfalensis madagascariensis — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 339 
DistributionS/C Madagascar

Type locality: Machikova and Anhoulabé.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesTypes: BMNH 1946.1.9.50-52 (and possibly additional specimens). 
Diagnosis 
CommentSynonymy: the northern population of what used to be Mimophis mahfalensis has been split off as M. occultus.

Type species: Psammophis mahfalensis GRANDIDIER 1867 is the type species of the genus Mimophis GÜNTHER 1868. 
Etymology 
References
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  • Aprea, Gennaro, Gaetano Odierna, Franco Andreone, Frank Glaw and Miguel Vences 2003. Unusual karyotype in the Malagasy colubrid snake Mimophis mahfalensis. Amphibia-Reptilia 24 (2): 215-219 - get paper here
  • Barbour, Thomas 1918. Vertebrata from Madagascar. 2. Amphibia and Reptilia. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 61 (14): 479-489. - get paper here
  • BORA, PARFAIT; J. CHRISTIAN RANDRIANANTOANDRO, ROMA RANDRIANAVELONA, ELISOA F. HANTALALAINA, RAPHALI R. ANDRIANTSIMANARILAFY, DANIEL RAKOTONDRAVONY, OLGA R. RAMILIJAONA, MIGUEL VENCES, RICHARD K. B. JENKINS, FRANK GLAW, AND JÖRN KÖHLER 2009. AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF THE TSINGY DE BEMARAHA PLATEAU, WESTERN MADAGASCAR: CHECKLIST, BIOGEOGRAPHY AND CONSERVATION. Herp. Cons. Biol. 5 (1):111-125.
  • Clause, J. K. 2017. Mimophis mahfalensis (Malagasy Big-eyed Snake) Diet. Herpetological Review 48 (2): 454-455
  • Cocca, W., G. M. Rosa, F. Andreone, G. Aprea, P. E. Bergò, F. Mattioli, V. Mercurio, J. E. Randrianirina, D. Rosado, M. Vences & A. Crottini 2018. The herpetofauna (Amphibia, Crocodylia, Squamata, Testudines) of the Isalo Massif, Southwest Madagascar: combining morphological, molecular and museum data. Salamandra 54 (3): 178-200 plus Supplementary Material - get paper here
  • D'Cruze, Neil; Annette Olsonn, David Henson, Sunil Kumar, and David Emmett. 2009. The Amphibians and Reptiles of the Lower Onilahy River Valley, a Temporary Protected Area in Southwest Madagascar. Herp. Cons. Biol. 4: 62-79 - get paper here
  • D'Cruze, Neil; Jeremy Sabel, Katie Green, Jeffrey Dawson, Carlie Gardner, Janine Robinson, Georgina Starkie, Miguel Vences, and Frank Glaw. 2007. The First Comprehensive Survey of Amphibians and Reptiles at Montagne des Francais, Madagascar. Herp. Cons. Biol. 2 (2): 87-99 - get paper here
  • D’Cruze, N.; Köhler, J.; Franzen, M & Glaw, F. 2008. A conservation assessment of the amphibians and reptiles of the Forêt d’Ambre Special Reserve, north Madagascar. MADAGASCAR CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT 3 (1): 44-54
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