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Psammophis occidentalis WERNER, 1919

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Psammophiinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymPsammophis sibilans occidentalis WERNER 1919: 504
Psammophis phillipsi occidentalis — HUGHES & WADE 2004
Psammophis occidentalis — CHIRIO & LEBRETON 2007
Psammophis occidentalis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 578 
DistributionSenegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Liberia,
S Ivory Coast, S Ghana (Accra), S Togo, S Benin, S Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo (Brazzaville), Central African Republic, elevation 0-1200 m.

Type locality: Liberia.  
TypesLectotype: NMW 19245.2, female, designated by Hughes & Wade (2004: 129). 
CommentSynonymy: P. p. occidentalis may include specimens some have identified as P. subtaeniatus sudanensis and others would include in P. rukwae.

See also P. phillipsi. 
EtymologyThe specific name occidentalis (Latin) refers to the western distribution of this species. 
  • Chirio, L. & Lebreton, M. 2007. Atlas des reptiles du Cameroun. MNHN, IRD, Paris 688 pp.
  • Hughes, Barry and Eduardo Wade 2004. Is Psammophis sibilans occidentalis Werner, 1919 a junior synonym of P. phillipsi (Hallowell, 1844)?. Herpetozoa 16 (3/4):127-132 - 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.
  • Werner,F. 1919. Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der mit Unterstützung der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien aus der Erbschaft Treitl von F. Werner unternommenen zoologischen Expedition nach dem Anglo-Aegyptischen Sudan (Kordofan) 1914. IV. Bearbeitung de Denkschr. Akad. Wiss Wien, Math.-Naturw. Klasse 96: 437-509 - get paper here
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