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Higher TaxaAtractaspididae (Aparallactinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Black Centipede Eater 
SynonymAparallactus guentheri BOULENGER 1895: 172
Aparallactus uluguruensis BARBOUR & LOVERIDGE 1928
Aparallactus capensis uluguruensis — LOVERIDGE 1944
Aparallactus guentheri — DE WITTE & LAURENT 1947: 115
Aparallactus guentheri — BROADLEY 1959
Aparallactus guentheri — WELCH 1994: 17
Aparallactus guentheri — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 28
Aparallactus guentheri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 46
Aparallactus guentheri — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 452 
DistributionE Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, N Mozambique, S Tanzania, Zanzibar

Type locality: Lake Nyassa Shire Highlands and Zanzibar.

uluguruensis: border of Kenya and Tanzania; Type locality: Nyange, Uluguru Mountains, Tanganyika Territory [= Tanzania]  
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.1.6.88, male (F. Finn)
Holotype: MCZ 21014, 23363 [uluguruensis] 

Synonymy partly after BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991.

Listed under “Colubridae” by BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991.

Distribution: not in Angola fide Branch 2018.

Subspecies: the status of Aparallactus capensis uluguruensis is unclear (D. Meirte, pers. comm., 3 Feb 2014). 
EtymologyNamed after Albert Günther (1830-1914), German-born zoologist at the British Museum. 
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  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger,G.A. 1895. Descriptions of two new snakes from Usambara, German East Africa. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 16: 171-173 - get paper here
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • 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. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • 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
  • Loveridge,A. 1944. Further revisions of African snake genera. Bull. Mus. comp. Zool. Harvard 95 (2): 121-247 - get paper here
  • Malonza, Patrick K.; David M. Mulwa, Joash O. Nyamache, Georgina Jones 2017. Biogeography of the Shimba Hills ecosystem herpetofauna in Kenya. Zoological Research 38(5): 1-11 - get paper here
  • Rasmussen,J.B. 1981. The snakes from the rainforest of the Usambara Mountains, Tanzania: a checklist and key. Salamandra 17 (3-4): 173-188 - 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.
  • 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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