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Amblyodipsas ventrimaculata (ROUX, 1907)

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Higher TaxaAtractaspididae (Aparallactinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Kalahari Purple-glossed Snake 
SynonymRhinocalamus ventrimaculata ROUX 1907
Calamelaps pellegrini ANGEL 1921: 42
Calamelaps ventrimaculatus — DE WITTE & LAURENT 1947
Calamelaps ventrimaculatus websteri FITZSIMONS & BRAIN 1958
Calamelaps ventrimaculatus websteri — BROADLEY 1962
Amblyodipsas ventrimaculata — AUERBACH 1987: 173
Amblyodipsas ventrimaculata — WELCH 1994: 15
Amblyodipsas ventrimaculata — BROADLEY et al. 2003: 87
Amblyodipsas ventrimaculatua — BROADLEY & BLAYLOCK 2013 (in error)
Amblyodipsas ventrimaculata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 27 
DistributionN Namibia, Botswana, N Zimbabwe, W Zambia, Republic of South Africa, Angola

Type locality: Barotseland, Zambia.  
TypesHolotype: MHNN Musee de Neuchatel, Switzerland. 

Synonymy mostly after BROADLEY 1971. 
  • Auerbach, R.D. 1987. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Botswana. Mokwepa Consultants, Botswana, 295 pp.
  • Baptista NL, António T, Branch WR. 2019. The herpetofauna of Bicuar National Park and surroundings, southwestern Angola: a preliminary checklist. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 13(2) [Special Section]: 96–130 (e203) - get paper here
  • Barts, M. & W. D. Haacke 1997. Zur Reptilienfauna der Tsodilo - Berge und angrenzender Gebiete in NW - Botswana Teil II: Sauria II; Serpents. Sauria 19 (4): 15-21 - get paper here
  • Branch, William R.; Pedro Vaz Pinto, Ninda Baptista, and Werner Conradie 2019. The Reptiles of Angola: History, Diversity, Endemism and Hotspots. Chapter 13 in: B. J. Huntley et al. (eds.), Biodiversity of Angola. Springer Verlag, pp. 283-334 - get paper here
  • Broadley, D. & Blaylock 2013. The Snakes of Zimbabwe and Botswana. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 387 pp. [book review in Sauria 35 (2): 59 and Copeia 2014: 388] - get paper here
  • Broadley, D. G. 1971. A revision of the African snake genera Amblyodipsas and Xenocalamus. Occ. Pap. natl. Mus. Rhod. B4 (33): 629-697
  • Broadley, D.G. 1959. The herpetology of Southern Rhodesia. Part I--the snakes. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 120 (1): 1-100 [reprint 1972] - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G. 1962. On some reptile collections from the North-Western and North-Eastern Districts of Southern Rhodesia 1958-1961, with descriptions of four new lizards. Occ. Pap. Nat. Mus. South. Rhodesia 26 (B): 787-843
  • Butler, B O; Ceríaco, L M P; Marques, M P; Bandeira, S; Júlio, T; Heinicke, M P & Bauer, A M; 2019. Herpetological survey of Huíla Province, Southwest Angola, including first records of Bicuar National Park. Herpetological Review 50 (2): 225-240 - get paper here
  • Egan, V.T. 2006. Geographical distribution. Colubridae. Amblyodipsas ventrimaculata (Roux, 1907) Kalahari purple-glossed snake. African Herp News (41): 26 - get paper here
  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - get paper here
  • Roux, J. 1907. Sur quelques Reptiles sud-africains. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 15: 75-86. - get paper here
  • Schätti, B. 1985. Catalogue des types et des exemplaires figurés du Musée d’Histoire Naturelle de Neuchâtel - II. Ophidiens. Bibliotheques et Muses de la Ville de Neuchatel, 1985: 98-108.
  • VERBURGT, L.; G. K. NICOLAU & M. VILJOEN 2018. The Kalahari Purple-glossed snake (Amblyodipsas ventrimaculata; Roux, 1907). A poorly known and overlooked species in South Africa. African Herp News (68): 20 - 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.
  • Witte, G. F. de & LAURENT,R.F. 1947. Revision d'un groupe de Colubridae africains: genres Calamelaps, Miodon, Aparallactus, et formes affines. Mém. Mus. Roy. Hist. Nat. Belgique (sér. 2) 29: 1-134
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