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Chamaelycus christyi BOULENGER, 1919

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Christy's Banded Snake 
SynonymChamaelycus christyi BOULENGER 1919
Chamaelycus christyi — BROADLEY 1998
Chamaelycus christyi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 157 
DistributionE Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Congo (Brazzaville)

Type locality: "Madié (district de l'Ituri), Congo Belge” [=Medje]  
TypesHolotype: RMCA (= MRAC), a 370 mm male (C. Christy, 1912-1914). 
CommentType species: Chamaelycus christyi BOULENGER 1919 is the type species of the genus Chamaelycus BOULENGER 1919.

Phylogenetics: There seems to be no DNA data for this genus. Pyron et al. 2013 assigned Chamaelycus to Lamprophiidae inc. sedis while Marques et al. 2018 assigned it to Colubridae. 
Etymologynamed after the “Ministere des Colonies”, Dr. C. Christy, who provided the types to Boulenger. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger,G.A. 1919. Batraciens et reptiles cecueillis par le Dr. C. Christy dans les districts de Stanleyville, Haut-Uelé et Ituri en 1912-1914. Rev. zool. afr., Bruxelles, 7 (1): 1-29
  • 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.
  • Chifundera, K. 1990. Snakes of Zaire and their bites. Afr. Stud. Monogr. (Kyoto) 10(3): 137-157.
  • Chippaux, Jean-Philippe & Kate Jackson 2019. Snakes of Central and Western Africa. Johns Hopkins University Press, 448 pp. [detaileld review in HR 51 (1): 161] - get paper here
  • Trape, J.F. & R. ROUX-ESTÈVE 1990. Note sur une collection de serpents du Congo avec description d'une espèce nouvelle. Rev. Zool. Afr. (J. Afr. Zool.) 104: 375-383
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Witte, G. F. de 1963. The colubrid snake genera Chamaelycus Boulenger and Oophilositum Parker. Copeia 1963 (4): 634-636 - get paper here
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