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Atractaspis micropholis GÜNTHER, 1872

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Higher TaxaAtractaspididae (Atractaspidinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Sahelian Burrowing Asp 
SynonymAtractaspis corpulentus GÜNTHER 1866: 29
Atractaspis micropholis GÜNTHER 1872: 36
Atractaspis microlepidota micropholis — LAURENT 1950: 4
Atractaspis microlepidota micropholis — PAPENFUSS 1969: 313
Atractaspis microlepidota micropholis — WELCH 1994: 23
Atractaspis micropholis — TRAPE & MANÉ 2000
Atractaspis micropholis — TRAPE & MANÉ 2002
Atractaspis micropholis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 66 
DistributionSénégambie, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, Nigeria (fide TRAPE et al. 2006), Chad

Type locality: "Africa." Restricted to N Nigeria fide Trape et aI. (2006: 8).  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.1.18.7 (and possibly additional specimens). 
CommentVenomous! Atractaspis micropholis corpses are boiled in water to extract fat for medical uses by people in Mali (Joger & Lambert 1996).

Atractaspis watsoni BOULENGER 1908 has been revalidated to full species status. The distribtion of this species has not been corrected for this fact yet. 
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  • Papenfuss, T. J. 1969. Preliminary analysis of the reptiles of arid central West Africa. Wasmann Journal of Biology 27:249—325 - get paper here
  • Trape J-F and Mané Y. 2015. The snakes of Niger. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 9(2) [Special Section]: 39–55 (e110) - get paper here
  • Trape, J.-F. & Mané, Y. 2002. Les serpents du Sénégal: liste commentée des espèces. Bull. Soc. Pathol. Exot. 95 (3): 148-150
  • TRAPE, Jean-François 2005. Note sur quelques serpents méconnus du Burkina Faso de la collection de Benigno Roman. Bull. Soc. Herp. France 116: 39-49 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Trape, Jean-François; Israël Demba Kodindo, Ali Sougoudi Djiddi, Joseph Mad-Toïngué & Clément Hinzoumbé Kerah 2020. The snakes of Chad: results of a field survey and annotated country-wide checklist. Bonn zoological Bulletin 69 (2): 367–393 - get paper here
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