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Atractaspis corpulenta (HALLOWELL, 1854)

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Higher TaxaAtractaspididae (Atractaspidinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SubspeciesAtractaspis corpulenta corpulenta (HALLOWELL 1854)
Atractaspis corpulenta kivuensis LAURENT 1958
Atractaspis corpulenta leucura MOCQUARD 1885 
Common NamesE: Mole Viper 
SynonymBrachycranion corpulentum HALLOWELL 1854: 99
Atractaspis corpulentus — HALLOWELL 1857: 70
Atractaspis corpulentus — BOCAGE 1866: 49
Atractaspis leucura MOCQUARD 1885
Atractaspis corpulenta — RÖDEL & MAHSBERG 2000
Atractaspis corpulenta — WALLACH et al. 2014: 64

Atractaspis corpulenta corpulenta (HALLOWELL 1854)
Atractaspis corpulenta — SCHMIDT 1923: 138
Atractaspis corpulenta corpulenta — DOBIEY & VOGEL 2007

Atractaspis corpulenta kivuensis LAURENT 1958
Atractaspis corpulenta kivuensis LAURENT 1958: 127
Atractaspis corpulenta kivuensis — DOBIEY & VOGEL 2007

Atractaspis corpulenta leucura MOCQUARD 1885
Atractaspis corpulenta leucura — LAURENT 1950: 42
Atractaspis corpulenta leucura — DOBIEY & VOGEL 2007 
DistributionCameroon, Gabon, C/E Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Congo (Brazzaville), Ivory Coast, Ghana, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Nigeria

corpulenta: Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Zaire; Type locality: “Liberia” (in error fide Hughes & Barry 1969: 1031). Corrected to Gabon fide Hallowell (1857: 70).

kuvuensis: Zaire (Orientale, Kivu, Ituri); Type locality: Rivière Bibugwa, Kivu

leucura: Ivory Coast, Ghana

Type locality:  
TypesHolotype: ANSP 6902
Holotype: MNHN-RA 1885.0625 [leucura]
Holotype: RMCA 12.251 (also given as RGMC), collected by Hautmann [kivuensis] 

Synonymy: The validity of Atractaspis corpulenta leucura is questionable (RÖDEL & MAHSBERG 2000). 
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