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Amblyodipsas teitana BROADLEY, 1971

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Higher TaxaAtractaspididae (Aparallactinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Teitana Purple-glossed Snake 
SynonymAmblyodipsas teitana BROADLEY 1971: 661
Amblyodipsas teitana — WELCH 1994: 15
Amblyodipsas teitana — SPAWLS et al. 2002: 434
Amblyodipsas teitana — WALLACH et al. 2014: 27
Amblyodipsas teitana — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 470 
DistributionMount Mbololo,Teita Hills (Kenya)

Type locality: "Mount Mbololo, Teita Hills near Voi, Kenya, at an altitude [elevation] of c. 1150 metres.”  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 40705, a 434 mm female (A. Loveridge, 27 April 1934). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A species with an obtusely pointed snout, apparently most closely related to A. dimidiata from which it differs as follows: (1) the dorsal scale rows are reduced to 15 before the 'vent; (2) there are only five upper labials; (3) lower ventral and subcaudal counts (at least in the female); (4) nasal entire; (5) black ventral coloration [BROADLEY 1971: 661]

Coloration. Black above and below, except for the mental, first and second lower labials, which are white. 

Synonymy: Loveridge (1936) assigned the type to Calamelaps unicolor. 
  • Broadley, D. G. 1971. A revision of the African snake genera Amblyodipsas and Xenocalamus. Occ. Pap. natl. Mus. Rhod. B4 (33): 629-697
  • Loveridge,A. 1936. Scientific results of an expedition to rain forest regions in Eastern Africa. V. Reptiles. Bull. Mus. comp. Zool. Harvard 79 (5): 209-337 - get paper here
  • Rovero, F., Menegon, M., Fjeldså, J., Collett, L., Doggart, N., Leonard, C., Norton, G., Owen, N., Perkin, A., Spitale, D., Ahrends, A., Burgess, N. D. 2014. Targeted vertebrate surveys enhance the faunal importance and improve explanatory models within the Eastern Arc Mountains of Kenya and Tanzania. Diversity and Distributions. doi: 10.1111/ddi.12246 - get paper here
  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147] - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - 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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