Pseudoboodon abyssinicus MOCQUARD, 1906
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Pseudoboodon abyssinicus?
|Higher Taxa||Lamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Ethiopian (or Abyssinian) House Snake|
|Synonym||Lamprophis abyssinicus MOCQUARD 1906: 249|
Pseudoboodon abyssinicus — BOULENGER 1915
Pseudoboodon abyssinicus — WERNER 1929
Pseudoboodon abyssinicus — PARKER 1949
Lamprophis abyssinicus — LARGEN & RASMUSSEN 1993
Lamprophis abyssinicus — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 466
Lamprophis abyssinicus — KELLY et al. 2011
Boaedon abyssinicus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 94
Pseudoboodon abyssinicus — TIUTENKO et al. 2022
Lamprophis abyssinicus — SPAWLS et al. 2023
Type locality: “Akai, en Abyssinie”
|Types||Holotype: MNHN-RA 1905.0188, a 483 mm female (M. de Rothchild)|
|Diagnosis||Original description (translated from French): “Head rather elongated, a little broader than neck; snout narrow, blunt at the tip. Body notably compressed, ventrally rounded. Tail very short. Rostral much broader than high, visible from above; internasals subtriangular, truncated anteriorly, shorter than prefrontals, which are as long as broad; frontal 1 2/3 longer than its breadth; significantly longer than the distance from it to the snout tip, hardly shorter than the parietals, ending anteriorly with sharp angle, broader than supraoculars; nasal divided, rather elongated, anteriorly a little higher; loreal longer than high; one preocular does not enter the dorsal surface of the head and is well separated from the frontal; two equal postoculars; the eye diameter is half as long as the snout; pupil a little elongated vertically; temporals 1+2, the anterior is the largest, contacting the lower postocular with its anterior border; 8 upper labials, 3rd, 4th and 5th bordering the eye, the 7th is the longest; mental triangular, much broader than long; 4 lower labials in contact with chinshield of the first pair, which is longer than of the second pair, the latter are in contact at the median line. Body scales in 21 longitudinal rows, smooth, without apical pits; 174 ventrals; anal entire; 36 divided sub-caudals”. (Mocquard (1906, in Tiutenko et al. 2022)|
|Comment||See comment in Largen & Rasmussen (1993).|
May belong to the genus Boaedon as redefined by KELLY et al. 2011.
|Etymology||Named after the type locality. In English, and generally outside of Ethiopia, the country was historically known as Abyssinia.|
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