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Philothamnus heterolepidotus (GÜNTHER, 1863)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesSlender Green Snake 
SynonymAhaetulla heterolepidota GÜNTHER 1863: 286
Leptophis heterolepidota — BOCAGE 1866: 48
Ahaetulla gracillima — GÜNTHER 1888
Philothamnus heterolepidotus — PFEFFER 1893: 82
Chlorophis gracillimus — GÜNTHER 1895
Chlorophis heterolepidotus — BOULENGER 1894: 95
Chlorophis heterolepidotus — BOULENGER 1897: 278
Chlorophis gracilis STERNFELD 1910 (fide HALLERMANN 2007)
Chlorophis schubotzi STERNFELD 1912 (fide LOVERIDGE 1958)
Chlorophis heterolepidotus — STERNFELD 1917
Chlorophis heterolepidotus — SCHMIDT 1923: 76
Chlorophis heterolepidotus — PARKER 1932: 219
Philothamnus heterolepidotus — LOVERIDGE 1955
Philothamnus heterolepidotus — HUGHES 1985
Philothamnus heterolepidotus — BROADLEY 1998
Philothamnus heterolepidotus — JACKSON et al. 2007
Philothamnus heterolepidotus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 555
Philothamnus heterolepidotus — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 489 
DistributionSierra Leone, Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Congo (Brazzaville), Rwanda, Burundi, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Central African Republic, Zambia, NW to Ghana, Guinea (Conakry), Ivory Coast

Type locality: Africa.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 
Diagnosis 
CommentDistribution: Not listed for Togo by Segniagbeto et al. 2012. Not in Gabon fide PAUWELS & VANDE WEGHE 2008. Not reported from Benin according to ULLENBRUCH et al. 2010.

Synonymy: partly after LOVERIDGE 1958 
Etymology 
References
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