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Higher TaxaAtractaspididae (Aparallactinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SubspeciesAparallactus modestus modestus (GÜNTHER 1859)
Aparallactus modestus ubangensis BOULENGER 1897 
Common NamesE: Western Forest Centipede-eater 
SynonymElapops modestus GÜNTHER 1859: 161
Pariaspis plumbeatra COPE 1860: 242
Elapops plumbeater COPE 1860: 566
Elapops (Calamaria) petersii JAN 1862: 32
Elapops Petersi — JAN 1865
Aparallactus peraffinis WERNER 1897 (fide LEBRETON 1999)
Elapops modestus — WERNER 1899
Aparallactus flavitorques BOULENGER 1901 (fide LOVERIDGE 1944:187)
Aparallactus dolloi WERNER 1902 (fide LOVERIDGE 1957)
Aparallactus congicus WERNER 1902 (fide LOVERIDGE 1957)
Aparallactus batesii BOULENGER 1907: 325 (fide LOVERIDGE 1942)
Elapops modestus — STERNFELD 1909
Elapops modestus — DE WITTE 1927: 326
Aparallactus christyi BOULENGER 1910: 512
Aparallactus graueri WERNER 1924
Aparallactus modestus modestus — DE WITTE & LAURENT 1947: 100
Apparallactus [sic] modestus — TAYLOR & WEYER 1958
Aparallactus modestus — RÖDEL & MAHSBERG 2000
Aparallactus modestus — BÖHME et al. 2011
Aparallactus modestus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 48
Aparallactus modestus — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 455

Aparallactus modestus ubangensis BOULENGER 1897
Aparallactus ubangensis BOULENGER 1897: 279
Elapops modestus — SCHMIDT 1923: 121 (fide HUGHES & BARRY 1969)
Aparallactus modestus ubangensis — DE WITTE & LAURENT 1947: 103
Aparallactus modestus ubangensis — TRAPE & ROUX-ESTÈVE 1995: 41 
DistributionCentral African Republic, Uganda, W/C/E, N? Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Congo (Brazzaville), Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cameroon (Lawson 1993), Gabon, Guinea (Conakry)

ubangensis: Zaire, Congo, Uganda

Type locality: West Africa  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.3.7, adult female (Rich).
Holotype: ANSP 4148, Liberia [Pariaspis plumbeatra]
Holotype: RMCA R.12 [ubangensis] 
Diagnosis 
CommentVenomous! Lacks grooved teeth and may be nonvenomous (GREENE 1997).

Diet: Not specialized on centipedes as other members of the genus but rather eats earthworms.

The description by SCHMIDT (1923) is available online (see URL below). 
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