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Aparallactus lineatus (PETERS, 1870)

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Higher TaxaAtractaspididae (Aparallactinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Lined Centipede-eater 
SynonymUriechis (Metopophis) lineatus PETERS 1870
Uriechis (Metopophis) lineata — BOULENGER 1893: 273
Aparallactus lineatus — BOULENGER 1895: 173
Elapops heterolepis MOCQUARD 1908: 261
Aparallactus lineatus — DE WITTE & LAURENT 1947: 108
Aparallactus lineatus — WELCH 1994: 17
Aparallactus lineatus — BÖHME et al. 2011
Aparallactus lineatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 47 
DistributionGuinea (Conakry), Liberia, Ghana, Cameroon (Hughes 1983), Ivory Coast

Type locality: Keta, Ghana  
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 6913 

Distribution: not in Cameroon fide L. Chirio, pers. comm., 23 Aug 2013. Has been erroneously listed for Benin but does not occur there (Hughes 2013).

The validity of this species and its specific dis- tinctness from A. niger was proven by Wallach (1994), lastly based on the sympatric occurence of both species “from the same rainforest locality” near Mt. Nimba. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “linea”, meaning stripe or line. 
  • Bauer, A.M.; Günther,R. & Klipfel,M. 1995. The herpetological contributions of Wilhelm C.H. Peters (1815-1883). SSAR Facsimile Reprints in Herpetology, 714 pp.
  • Böhme, Wolfgang, Mark-Oliver Rödel, Christian Brede & Philipp Wagner 2011. The reptiles (Testudines, Squamata, Crocodylia) of the forested southeast of the Republic Guinea (Guinée forestière), with a country-wide checklist. Bonn zoological Bulletin 60 (1): 35-61 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Description of a new snake from the Gold Coast. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (6)12: 273 - 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
  • Chippaux, Jean-Philippe & Kate Jackson 2019. Snakes of Central and Western Africa. Johns Hopkins University Press, 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Hughes, B. 1983. African snake faunas. Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 34: 311-356 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1938. On a collection of reptiles and amphibians from Liberia. Proc. New England Zool. Club 17: 49-74 - get paper here
  • Mocquard, F. 1908. Description de quelques reptiles et d’un batracien nouveaux de la collection du Muséum. Bulletin du Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, 14:259-262 - get paper here
  • Peters,W.C.H. 1870. Eine Mitteilung über neue Amphibien (Hemidactylus, Urosaura, Tropidolepisma, Geophis, Uriechis, Scaphiophis, Hoplocephlaus, Rana, Entomogossus, Cystignathus, Hylodes, Arthroleptis, Phyllobates, Cophomantis) des Königlich-zoologischen Museums. Monatsber. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1870: 641-652
  • TRAPE, JEAN-FRANÇOIS & CELLOU BALDÉ 2014. A checklist of the snake fauna of Guinea, with taxonomic changes in the genera Philothamnus and Dipsadoboa (Colubridae) and a comparison with the snake fauna of some other West African countries. Zootaxa 3900 (3): 301–338 - 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.
  • Wallach,V. 1994. Aparallactus lineatus (Peters) and Aparallactus niger BOULENGER: two valid species from West Africa. Journal of Herpetology 28 (1): 95-99 - get paper here
  • 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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