Mopanveldophis zebrinus (BROADLEY & SCHÄTTI, 2000)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Mopanveldophis zebrinus?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Coluber zebrinus BROADLEY & SCHÄTTI 2000|
Hemerophis zebrinus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 319
Coluber zebrinus — SCHLEICHER 2015
Mopanveldophis zebrinus — FIGUEROA et al. 2016
Mopanveldophis zebrinus — MARQUES et al. 2018
|Distribution||N Namibia (near the Cunene River), Angola|
Type locality: near the Cunene River, at Ruacana, western Owamboland, Namibia (17° 25’ S, 14° 10’ E)
|Types||Holotype: SMWN R. 8046 (= NMNW, National Museum of Namibia, Windhoek).|
|Comment||Publication date: The University of Washington libraries received this issue of Madoqua in August 2000. The year of description might therefore be 2000 (this was confirmed by BROADLEY, pers. comm.). However, Beat Schätti says that the paper was most likely published in 1999 as he received his reprints from D. Broadley in January 2000 (B. Schätti, pers. comm. 21 Sep 2016).|
Description based on a single specimen. By 2016 three specimen were known (Figueroa et al. 2016, citing Bauer et al. 2001).
Type species: Coluber zebrinus BROADLEY & SCHÄTTI 2000 is the type species of the genus Mopanveldophis FIGUEROA et al. 2016.
|Etymology||Named for the zebra striping on the dorsum.|
The generic nomen Mopanveldophis is derived from the word “mopanveld”,
the name of the type of habitat the specimens were found in, and the Greek adjective ophis, meaning “snake”. This name refers to veld habitat distributed in Southern Africa, from the Afrikaans word “field”, that is dominated by the mopane tree, Colophospermum mopane, from the Sechuana word “mopani”.