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Atractaspis duerdeni GOUGH, 1907

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Higher TaxaAtractaspididae (Atractaspidinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Duerden's Stiletto Snake, Beaked Burrowing Asp 
SynonymAtractaspis duerdeni GOUGH 1907
Atractaspis duerdini [sic] — AUERBACH 1987: 180
Atractaspis duerdeni — BROADLEY 1991: 497
Atractaspis duerdeni — MATTISON 1995: 231
Atractaspis duerdeni — MATTISON 2007: 226
Atractaspis duerdeni — GOWER et al. 2012: 112
Atractaspis duerdeni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 65
Atractaspis duerdeni — SCHLEICHER 2020 
DistributionNamibia, SE Botswana, NE Republic of South Africa (Transvaal)

Type locality: Serowe, Botswana.  
TypesHolotype: PEM R7938 (BROADLEY 1991, Conradie et al. 2019) 
CommentVenomous! Not listed as such in WELCH 1994. Atractaspis duerdeni is sympatric with A. bibronii throughout its range. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. James Edwin Duerden (1865-1937), English zoologist who worked in Ireland, Jamaica, North Carolina, Michigan and finally Grahamstown, South Africa (1905-1932). 
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  • Schleicher, Alfred 2020. Reptiles of Namibia. Kuiseb Publishers, Windhoek, Namibia, 271 pp.
  • 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.
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