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Causus rasmusseni BROADLEY, 2014

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Higher TaxaViperidae, Viperinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Rasmussen’s Night Adder 
SynonymCausus rasmusseni BROADLEY 2014
Causus cf. rasmusseni — CONRADIE et al. 2016
Causus rasmusseni — PIETERSEN et al. 2021 
DistributionZambia (from Ikelenge to Lalumbila), Angola ?

Type locality: Ikelenge, Mwililunga District, north-western Zambia.  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: NMZB 10704, an adult female from. Purchased from a local resident, 8 October 1990.
Allotype: NMZB 10722, a small adult male with the same data as the holotype, but purchased on 9 October 1990. 
Diagnosis 
CommentDistribution: Presence in Angola questionable fide Marques et al. 2018. Conradie’s specimen may be Causus rhombeatus. 
EtymologyNamed after the late Jens Bodker Rasmussen in recognition of his outstanding contributions to our knowledge of African snakes, in particular his last major paper dealing with the genus Causus, published posthumously in 2005. 
References
  • Broadley, D.G. 2014. A NEW SPECIES OF CAUSUS LICHTENSTEIN FROM THE CONGO/ZAMBEZI WATERSHED IN NORTH-WESTERN ZAMBIA (REPTILIA: SQUAMATA: VIPERIDAE). Arnoldia Zimbabwe 10 (29): 341-350
  • Metallinou M, Weinell JL, Karin BR, Conradie W, Wagner P, Schmitz A, Jackman TR, Bauer AM. 2016. A single origin of extreme matrotrophy in African mabuyine skinks. Biology Letters 12: 20160430 - get paper here
  • Pietersen, Darren, Verburgt, Luke & Davies, John 2021. Snakes and other reptiles of Zambia and Malawi. Struik Nature / Penguin Random House South Africa, 376 pp., ISBN 9781775847373
  • Ukuwela, K.D.B., de Silva, A., Sivaruban, A. et al. 2022. Diversity, distribution, and natural history of the marine snakes of Sri Lanka. Marine Biodiversity 52, 24 (2022) - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
 
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