Atheris acuminata BROADLEY, 1998
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Atheris acuminata?
|Higher Taxa||Viperidae, Viperinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Acuminate bush viper|
|Synonym||Atheris acuminata BROADLEY 1998|
Atheris acuminata — DOBIEY & VOGEL 2007
Atheris acuminata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 61
Atheris acuminata — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 586
Type locality: forest near Nsere Lodge, Kyambura Game Reserve, Ankole District, W Uganda (00° o9’ S, 30° 08’), alt. ca. 950 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: NMZB 13950|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Closely related to A. hispida, but distinguished therefrom by the pentagonal rostral shield surmounted by two large suprarostrals (three in hispida); an enlarged weakly keeled frontal shield present, so that there are only five interorbitals (6-10 strongly keeled interorbital scales in hispida); only six supralabials (7-10 in hispida); mid-dorsal scales to beyond midbody with elongate recurved acuminate spines (such spines restricted to the head and neck region in hispida).|
Colouration. Yellow-green above, with a vague black H-shaped marking on back of head, a short black stripe extending from eye along lower temporals and black blotches on tail; interstitial skin black; eye mottled green with a gold border to the pupil in life. Ventrum pale greenish-yellow with black blotches posteriorlyand on tail.
Habitat: trees (arboreal)
Apparently only known from the holotype.
|Etymology||The name acuminata refers to the elongate dorsal scales on the back of the head and anterior body, which taper in long hollow curves to a sharp point.|