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Natriciteres sylvatica BROADLEY, 1966

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesForest Marsh Snake 
SynonymNatriciteres variegata sylvatica BROADLEY 1966: 5
Natriciteres variegata sylvatica — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 29
Natriciteres sylvatica — SPAWLS et al. 2001
Natriciteres sylvatica — BROADLEY et al. 2003
Natriciteres sylvatica — BRANCH et al. 2005
Natriciteres sylvatica — MENEGON et al. 2008
Natriciteres sylvatica — WALLACH et al. 2014: 475 
DistributionForested areas of S Tanzania, south through Mozambique, Malawi and E Zimbabwe to N Zululand (Republic of South Africa)

Type locality: Inyangani Tea Estates, Inynaga District, Zimbabwe. Map legend:
TDWG region - 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.
 
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: NMZB, previously UM 8354 
CommentHabitat: at least partially coastal and thus considered (partially) “marine”.

Diagnosis. An eastern race of Natriciteres variegata distinguished from the typical
form by having 17 dorsal scale rows anteriorly, from bipostocularis by normally
having three postoculars and from pembana by its higher ventral and subcaudal
counts (from BROADLEY 1966). 
References
  • Branch, W.R.; Rödel, M.-O. & Marais, J. 2005. Herpetological survey of the Niassa Game Reserve, northern Mozambique - Part I: Reptiles. Salamandra 41 (4): 195-214 - get paper here
  • Broadley, D. & Blaylock 2013. The Snakes of Zimbabwe and Botswana. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 387 pp. [book review in Sauria 35 (2): 59 and Copeia 2014: 388] - get paper here
  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Broadley, D.G. 1966. A review of the genus Natriciteres Loveridge (Serpentes: Colubridae). Arnoldia 2 (35): 1-11
  • Conradie, Werner; Gabriela B. Bittencourt-Silva, Hanlie M. Engelbrecht, Simon P. Loader, Michele Menegon, Cristóvão Nanvonamuquitxo, Michael Scott, Krystal A. Tolley, 2016. Exploration into the hidden world of Mozambique’s sky island forests: new discoveries of reptiles and amphibians. Zoosyst. Evol. 92 (2): 163–180, DOI 10.3897/zse.92.9948
  • Menegon, Michele; Nike Doggart, Nisha Owen 2008. The Nguru mountains of Tanzania, an outstanding hotspot of herpetofaunal diversity. Acta Herpetologica 3 (2): 107-127
  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147] - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
 
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