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Boaedon upembae (LAURENT, 1954)

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Lake Upemba watersnake, Lined Water Snake 
SynonymLycodonomorphus subtaeniatus upembae LAURENT 1954: 41
Lycodonomorphus subtaeniatus upembae — LOVERIDGE 1958: 12
Lycodonomorphus upembae — BROADLEY & COTTERILL 2004
Lycodonomorphus upembae — WALLACH et al. 2014: 399
Boaedon upembae — GREENBAUM et al. 2015 
DistributionDemocratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire, Katanga; near Lake Upemba)

Type locality: Nyonga, Katanga, Belgian Congo.  
TypesHolotype: RMCA (= MRAC) (was RGMC) 52010 
CommentDiet: The stomach contents of a specimen of L. s. upembae (UTEP 21002) contained a catfish (Clariidae: Clarias) (Greenbaum et al. 2015).

Habitat: partially aquatic (Greenbaum et al. 2015). 
EtymologyNamed after Lake Upemba where the species occurs. 
  • Broadley, D.G. 1998. The reptilian fauna of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa). In: Schmidt, K.P. and Noble, G.K., Contributions to the Herpetology of the Belgian Congo... [reprint of the 1919 and 1923 papers]. SSAR Facsimile reprints in Herpetology, 780 pp.
  • Broadley, Donald G. and F. P. D. Cotterill. 2004. The reptiles of southeast Katanga, an overlooked 'hot spot'. [Congo]. African Journal of Herpetology 53 (1): 35-61. - get paper here
  • Chifundera, K. 1990. Snakes of Zaire and their bites. Afr. Stud. Monogr. (Kyoto) 10(3): 137-157.
  • Greenbaum, Eli; Frank Portillo, Kate Jackson & Chifundera Kusamba 2015. A phylogeny of Central African Boaedon (Serpentes: Lamprophiidae), with the description of a new cryptic species from the Albertine Rift. African Journal of Herpetology 64 (1): 18–38 - get paper here
  • Laurent, RAYMOND F. 1954. Reptiles et batraciens de la région de Dundo (Angola) (Deuxième note). Companhia de Diamantes de Angola (Diamang), Serviços Culturais, Publicações Culturais, No. 23: 37-84
  • Loveridge,A. 1958. Revision of five african snake genera. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 119: 1-198 (141) - get paper here
  • Trape, J.F. & R. ROUX-ESTÈVE 1995. Les serpents du Congo: liste commentée et clé de détermination. Journal of African Zoology 109 (1): 31-50
  • 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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