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Bamanophis dorri (LATASTE, 1888)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymPeriops dorri LATASTE 1888: 227
Zamenis dorri — BOULENGER 1893: 410
Coluber dorri — DEKEYSER & VILLIERS 1954: 962
Coluber dorri — PAPENFUSS 1969
Eremiophis dorri — WELCH 1983: 108
Coluber dorri —SCHÄTTI & WILSON 1986
Haemorrhois [sic] dorri — MEIRTE 1992: 69
Haemorrhois dorri — TRAPE & MANÉ 2002
Haemorrhois dorri — TRAPE & MANE 2004
Bamanophis dorri — SCHÄTTI & TRAPE 2008
Bamanophis dorri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 89 
DistributionMali, Burkina Faso, N Ghana, N Togo, N Benin, Senegal, Guinea (Conakry), Mauritania

Type locality: “dans le fort et à côté du dort de Bakel, Haut-Sénégal”  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1920.1.20.3742 (now 1946.1.13.3) and 1920.1.20.3785 (1946.1.14.82) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus): Anterior subocular absent [present in other racers]; one comparatively large posterior subocular [smaller]. Ten (eleven) supralabials, fourth and fifth (fifth and sixth) entering eye. Dorsal scales smooth, with paired apical pits; 25-27 longitudinal rows on neck (20th ventral), 29-33 at midbody, 17 (only males) to 19 prior to anal plate; usually two or three bilateral increases in the number of dorsal scale rows on anterior part of body; reductions after midbody confined to ventrolateral and lateral levels [including paravertebral rows]. 229-265 ventral scales (clear-cut sexual dimor- phism in Senegal); tail comparatively short, with 75-95 paired subcaudals. Dark X- shaped markings along the dorsum [pattern different]. 15-19 maxillary teeth, diastema distinct, last tooth laterally offset. Palatine processus of maxillary well developed and laterally rounded, lateral processus distinct. Crista basisphenoidea absent [usually present]. Hemipenis spinose with intermittent barbed calyces, probably bulbous when everted [sub-cylindrical]. A monotypic genus restricted to western Africa (Sahel to Guinea Savanna). 
CommentType species: Periops dorri LATASTE 1888 is the type species of the genus Bamanophis SCHÄTTI 2008. 
Etymologyafter M.E. Dorr, “capitaine d’infanterie de marine”, who apparently caught or donated the specimen to Lataste. 
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