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Dasypeltis parascabra TRAPE, MEDIANNIKOV & TRAPE, 2012

IUCN Red List - Dasypeltis parascabra - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymDasypeltis parascabra TRAPE, MEDIANNIKOV & TRAPE 2012
Dasypeltis parascabra — WALLACH et al. 2014: 211 
DistributionGuinea (Conakry), Ivory Coast, Liberia, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria

Type locality: Dalakan, Guinea (9°58’N, 9°32’W)  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 2010.0438 (formerly IRD 1555-G), collected between June and October 2005, by a villager who gave it to JF Trape; paratypes: IRSNB and MNHN-RA 2010.0439 (3 paratype specimens at MNHN-RA according to original description). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: The genetic results and the following characters: nasal entire, dark rhombic pattern with the pigment uniformly distributed on scales and the lateral bars alternating with the dorsal saddles (‘‘not-linked scabra’’ pattern of Gans [1]). Head with two transversal black bars between the nasals and the eyes, and two or three V shaped black bars on the back of the head and the nape.
CommentDistribution: see map in GÖTHEL 2015: 19.

Habitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyThe name of the new species refers to its close resemblance to D. scabra. 
  • Chippaux, Jean-Philippe & Kate Jackson 2019. Snakes of Central and Western Africa. Johns Hopkins University Press, 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Göthel, Helmut 2015. Die Eierschlangenarten Afrikas. Draco 16 (61): 78-92 - get paper here
  • Göthel, Helmut 2015. Die Pazifisten unter den Schlangen – Afrikanische Eierschlangen der Gattung Dasypeltis. Draco 16 (61): 6-21 - get paper here
  • Harrington, Sean M; Jordyn M de Haan, Lindsey Shapiro, Sara Ruane 2018. Habits and characteristics of arboreal snakes worldwide: arboreality constrains body size but does not affect lineage diversification. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 125 (1): 61–71 - get paper here
  • TRAPE, JEAN-FRANÇOIS & CELLOU BALDÉ 2014. A checklist of the snake fauna of Guinea, with taxonomic changes in the genera Philothamnus and Dipsadoboa (Colubridae) and a comparison with the snake fauna of some other West African countries. Zootaxa 3900 (3): 301–338 - get paper here
  • TRAPE, Jean-François; Oleg MEDIANNIKOV, Allan CHIRIO & Laurent CHIRIO 2021. Une nouvelle espèce de serpent mangeur d’œufs du genre Dasypeltis Wagler (Squamata : Colubridae : Colubrinae) en Afrique centrale Bull. Soc. Herp. Fr. 177: 65-80
  • Trape, S.; Mediannikov, O.; Trape, J.F. 2012. When colour patterns reflect phylogeography: New species of Dasypeltis (Serpentes: Colubridae: Boigini) from West Africa. Comptes Rendus Biologies 335 (7): 488–501 - 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.
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