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Pseudoboodon abyssinicus MOCQUARD, 1906

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Ethiopian (or Abyssinian) House Snake 
SynonymLamprophis 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”  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1905.0188, a 483 mm female (M. de Rothchild) 
CommentSee comment in Largen & Rasmussen (1993).

May belong to the genus Boaedon as redefined by KELLY et al. 2011. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. In English, and generally outside of Ethiopia, the country was historically known as Abyssinia. 
  • Kelly, Christopher M.R.; William R. Branch, Donald G. Broadley, Nigel P. Barker, Martin H. Villet 2011. Molecular systematics of the African snake family Lamprophiidae Fitzinger, 1843 (Serpentes: Elapoidea), with particular focus on the genera Lamprophis Fitzinger 1843 and Mehelya Csiki 1903. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 58(3): 415-426 - get paper here
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 694 pp.
  • Largen,M.J. & Rasmussen,J.B. 1993. Catalogue of the snakes of Ethiopia (Reptilia Serpentes), including identification keys. Tropical Zoology 6: 313-434 - get paper here
  • Mocquard 1906. Description de quelques reptiles et d’un batracien d’espèces nouvelles. Bull. Mus. natn. Hist. nat. Paris 12: 247-253 - get paper here
  • Spawls, Stephen; Tomáš Mazuch& Abubakr Mohammad 2023. Handbook of Amphibians and Reptiles of North-east Africa. Bloomsbury, 640 pp. - get paper here
  • Tiutenko, A., Koch, C., Pabijan, M., & Zinenko, O. 2022. Generic affinities of African house snakes revised: a new genus for Boodon erlangeri (Serpentes: Elapoidea: Lamprophiidae: Lamprophiinae). SALAMANDRA, 58(4), 235-262 - 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.
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