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Higher TaxaAtractaspididae (Aparallactinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Jackson’s centipede-eater 
SynonymUriechis jacksonii GÜNTHER 1888: 325
Aparallactus jacksonii — BOULENGER 1895: 172
Aparallactus jacksonii — DE WITTE & LAURENT 1947: 118
Aparallactus jacksonii oweni LOVERIDGE 1955: 51
Aparallactus jacksonii oweni — PITMAN 1974
Aparallactus jacksonii — WELCH 1994: 17
Aparallactus jacksonii jacksonii — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 28
Aparallactus jacksonii — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 582
Aparallactus jacksonii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 47
Aparallactus jacksonii — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 453 
DistributionEthiopia, N Tanzania, Republic of South Sudan (RSS), Kenya, Somalia, Uganda

Type locality: Foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

oweni: S Sudan (Jumhūriyyat), Republic of South Sudan (RSS), probably N uganda; Type locality: “Torit, Equatoria Province, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan (Jumhūriyyat), Republic of South Sudan (RSS)”  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.1.6.80 (and possibly additional specimens).
Holotype: MCZ 53490 (or 3490), adult female; paratypes: MCZ (2 males, 5 females) [oweni] 

Subspecies: Lanza 1988, 1990 suggested that Aparallactus jacksonii oweni is a valid species. It differs from jacksonii by its higher number of ventrals and subcaudals (jacksoni: 138-143 in males, 142-157 in females; oweni: 151-154 in males, 161-166 in females, fide LOVERIDGE 1955: 51). 
EtymologyNamed after Sir Frederick John Jackson (1859-1929), English administrator, diplomat, explorer, naturalist, ornithologist, and the first Governor of the new Kenya colony (1889), and later Governor of Uganda (1911-1918). 
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  • Loveridge, A. 1956. On snakes collected in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan by J.S. Owen, Esq. Sudan Notes Rec. 36: 37-56 [1955]
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  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
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