Montatheris hindii (BOULENGER, 1910)
|Higher Taxa||Viperidae, Viperinae, Serpentes (snakes)|
|Common Names||Kenya Montane Viper|
|Synonym||Vipera hindii BOULENGER 1910: 513|
Bitis hindii BOULENGER 1910
Vipera hindii — LOVERIDGE 1936: 44
Hindius hindii — REUSS 1939 (nom. nud.)
Atheris hindii — MARX & RABB 1965
Atheris hindii — WELCH 1994: 21
Montatheris hindii - BROADLEY 1996
Montatheris hindii — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 386
Montatheris hindii — DOBIEY & VOGEL 2007
|Distribution||Kenya (Mt. Kenya and the Aberdare range), elevation up to 3500 m.|
Type locality: Aberdare Mountains, Kenya Colony; Map legend:
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 19184.108.40.206 (formerly BMNH 1908.9.17.7).|
Loveridge (1957) described the range as "The Kingangpop and Aberdare Mountains, Kenya". Other authors (Welch, 1982; Pook, 1990) have repeated this. Spawls (1990) found this to be literally incorrect since Kingangpop is not a mountain range, but rather an area of plateau and valley that lie 500 m below and to the southwest of the Aberdare moorlands. Spawls stated that while there are no records of M. hindii from this region it is not impossible that it is found there. An area of montane forest/dwarf bamboo lies between the summits of the Aberdares and Kingangpop and may act as a natural barrier (Spawls 1990; cited after M. Jacobi, pers. comm.)
Type species: Vipera hindii BOULENGER 1910: 513 is the type species of the genus Montatheris BROADLEY 1996.
|Etymology||named after the collector, Mr. S.L. Hinde.|