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Naja christyi (BOULENGER, 1904)

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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Christy's Water Cobra 
SynonymBoulengerina christyi BOULENGER 1904
Limnonaja christyi SCHMIDT 1923: 125
Limnonaja christyi — DE WITTE & LAURENT 1942: 114
Boulengerina christyi — WELCH 1994: 37
Boulengerina christyi — TRAPE & ROUX-ESTÈVE 1995: 43
Naja christyi — WÜSTER et al. 2007
Naja (Boulengerina) christyi — WALLACH et al. 2009
Boulengerina christyi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 120 
DistributionW Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Congo (Brazzaville)

Type locality: Leopoldville, Congo  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.1.17.94 (and possibly additional specimens). 

The description by SCHMIDT (1923) is available online (see URL below). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Cuthbert Christy (1863-1932), a Scottish physician who travelled extensively in the West Indies, South America, Africa and the Middle East. He was a member of a League of Nations commission enquiring into slavery and forced labor in Liberia and at some time Director of the Congo Museum, Tervuren, Belgium.  
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1904. Descriptions of two new Elapine snakes from the Congo. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (7) 14: 14 - get paper here
  • Chifundera, K. 1990. Snakes of Zaire and their bites. Afr. Stud. Monogr. (Kyoto) 10(3): 137-157.
  • COLLET, Marcel & Jean-Francois TRAPE 2020. Une nouvelle et remarquable espèce de naja semi-aquatique (Elapidae, sous-genre Boulengerina Dollo, 1886) de la République Démocratique du Congo. Bull. Soc. Herp. France 173: 41-52
  • Dobiey, M. & Vogel, G. 2007. Venomous Snakes of Africa - Giftschlangen Afrikas. Edition Chimaira, Terralog 15, 150 pp. - get paper here
  • Schmidt, K. P. 1923. Contributions to the herpetology of the Belgian Congo based on the collection of the American Museum Congo Expedition, 1909-1915. Part II. Snakes, with field notes by Herbert Lang and James P. Chapin. Bull. Amer. Mus. nat. Hist. 49 (1): 1-146 - get paper here
  • Spawls, S., Branch, B. 1995. The Dangerous Snakes of Africa. Blandford, London, 192 pp.
  • Trape, J.F. & R. ROUX-ESTÈVE 1990. Note sur une collection de serpents du Congo avec description d'une espèce nouvelle. Rev. Zool. Afr. (J. Afr. Zool.) 104: 375-383
  • Trape, J.F. & R. ROUX-ESTÈVE 1995. Les serpents du Congo: liste commentée et clé de détermination. Journal of African Zoology 109 (1): 31-50
  • Wallach, V.; Wüster, W. & Broadley, D.G. 2009. In praise of subgenera: taxonomic status of cobras of the genus Naja Laurenti (Serpentes: Elapidae). Zootaxa 2236: 26–36 - 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 & R. LAURENT 1942. Contribution à la Faune Herpétologique du Congo belge. Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr. 36 (2): 101-115
  • Wüster, Wolfgang; Steven Crookes, Ivan Ineich, Youssouph Mané, Catharine E. Pook, Jean-Francois Trape, Donald G. Broadley 2007. The phylogeny of cobras inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences: Evolution of venom spitting and the phylogeography of the African spitting cobras (Serpentes: Elapidae: Naja nigricollis complex). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 45: 437–453 - get paper here
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