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Montaspis gilvomaculata BOURQUIN, 1991

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, incertae sedis, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Cream-spotted Mountain Snake 
SynonymMontaspis gilvomaculata BOURQUIN 1991
Montaspis gilvomaculata — BRANCH 1993: 26
Montaspis gilvomaculata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 457 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Natal Drakensberg), Lesotho?

Type locality: "Organ Pipes Pass, near the 'The Camel', Cathedral Peak Forest Reserve, Natal, South Africa, 28˚ 00'35" S, 29˚11'11" E; at c. 2860 m above sea level."  
TypesHolotype: DNMNH (= TM) (= TMP) 68088, a 395-412 mm female (D. Tomlinson, Jan. 1980). 
CommentType species: Montaspis gilvomaculata BOURQUIN 1991 is the type species of the genus Montaspis BOURQUIN 1991. 
  • 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.
  • Bourquin, O. 1991. A new genus and species of snake from the Natal Drakensberg, South Africa. Annals Transvaal Mus. 35 (12) 1991: 199-203 - get paper here
  • Branch W R; Haagner G V; Bourquin, O. 1993. Further specimens of the cream-spotted mountain snake Montaspis gilvomaculata from Natal. Lammergeyer 42: 50-52
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • Lambiris, A.J.L. 1997. Description of the hemipenis of Montaspis gilvomaculata Bourquin, 1991 (Serpentes, Colubridae). Annals of the Natal Museum 38: 1-
  • O’Shea, M. 2018. The Book of Snakes. Ivy Press / Quarto Publishing, London, - 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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