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Philothamnus hoplogaster (GÜNTHER, 1863)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesSoutheastern Green snake, Green Water Snake 
SynonymAhaetulla hoplogaster GÜNTHER 1863: 284
Philothamnus neglectus — PETERS 1866: 890
Chlorophis oldhami THEOBALD 1868: 49
Chlorophis neglectus PETERS 1867: 890
Cyclophis oldhami – THEOBALD 1876: 159
Philothamnus hoplogaster – BOCAGE 1882
Philothamnus neglectus — PFEFFER 1893: 84
Clorophis neglectus BOULENGER 1894: 94 (part.)
Chlorophis hoplogaster – BOULENGER 1894: 93
Chlorophis neglectus — WERNER 1896: 193
Chlorophis neglectus — LOVERIDGE 1936: 30
Chlorophis hoplogaster — BOGERT 1942
Philothamnus hoplogaster — BOYCOTT 1992
Philothamnus hoplogaster — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 30
Philothamnus hoplogaster — HAAGNER et al. 2000
Philothamnus hoplogaster — BROADLEY et al. 2003: 191
Philothamnus hoplogaster — WALLACH et al. 2014: 556
Philothamnus hoplogaster — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 489 
DistributionZimbabwe, S Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, E/S Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Republic of South Africa (Transvaal, Natal, Cape, Swaziland), Botswana, Namibia, Angola

Type locality: “Port Natal” = Durban, South Africa.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesSyntype: BMNH 
Diagnosis 
CommentSynonymy (partly) after A. Schmitz (pers. comm.) and LOVERIDGE 1958. Specimens from the Central African Republic have been assigned to P. hughesi.

Terra typica: Port Natal (Durban), Südafrika.

Similar species: may be confused with young green mambas (Dendroaspis angusticeps) 
Etymology 
References
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