Bofa erlangeri (STERNFELD, 1908)
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|Higher Taxa||Lamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Ethiopian forest snake|
|Synonym||Boodon erlangeri STERNFELD 1908: 92|
Boaedon erlangeri (WERNER 1923, in error) — MEIRTE 1992: 105
Lamprophis erlangeri — NECAS 1997
Lamprophis erlangeri — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 467
Lamprophis erlangeri — KELLY et al. 2011
Boaedon erlangeri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 95
Bofa erlangeri — TIUTENKO et al. 2022
Type locality: "Somaliland", restricted to “Abera”, ca. 6°27’ N 38°26’ E by Tiutenko et al. 2022.
|Types||Holotype: ZMB 27419 (C. von Erlanger and O. Neumann).|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis (genus): “Body markedly elongated, slender, cylindric. Tail short, representing ca. 12–15% of the to- tal length. Head narrow, elongated, scarcely distinct from neck. Snout blunt, square-shaped. Rostral rather large, ap- proximately as high as broad, well visible from below and above. Nasal divided. Eye medium-sized, with circular pupil. One preocular, two postoculars. Gular scales large and pairwise symmetrically arranged between posterior chinshields and first ventral shield. Anterior chinshields much larger than posterior. Loreal single, rectangular, hor- izontally elongate, with no pit. No labial pits. Body scales smooth, shiny, without apical pits. Subcaudals paired. Anal entire. Five to six strongly enlarged and gradually decreas- ing in size anterior maxillary teeth, followed by smaller evenly distributed posterior teeth. No diastema. Five ante-|
rior mandibular teeth strongly enlarged.” (Tiutenko et al. 2022)
|Comment||Type species: Boodon erlangeri STERNFELD 1908: 92 is the type species of the genus Bofa TIUTENKO et al. 2022.|
Distribution: for a map of the genus see Tiutenko et al. 2022: 258 (Fig. 12).
|Etymology||Named after Baron Carlo von Erlanger (1872-1904), a German collector who traveled in the Tunisian Sahara (1893 and 1897), Abyssinia (Ethiopia) and Somaliland (1900-1901). He was accompanied for part of the time by O. R. Neumann.|
The genus name is a latinised noun, ‘Bofa’, after the Oromo language where it means ‘snake’. Tiutenko et al. 2022 have chosen this name for the new genus because much of its currently known range is in the areas where this language is spoken. In Afaan Oromo ‘bofa’ has both genders. We adapt this word to Latin grammar as a noun of feminine gender and 1st declension because in Latin most nouns ending with ‘-a’ are feminine.
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