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Dendrolycus elapoides (GÜNTHER, 1874)

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SubspeciesDendrolycus elapoides angusticinctus (LAURENT 1952)
Dendrolycus elapoides elapoides (GÜNTHER 1874) 
Common NamesE: Cameroon Rainforest Snake 
SynonymLycophidium elapoides GÜNTHER 1874
Lycophidium elapoides — BOULENGER 1893: 343
Lycophidion elapoides — SCHMIDT 1923: 69
Dendrolycus elapoides — LAURENT 1956
Dendrolycus elapoides elapoides — PERRET 1961
Dendrolycus elapoides — LEBRETON 1999
Dendrolycus elapoides — CHIRIO & LEBRETON 2007: 408
Dendrolycus elapoides — WALLACH et al. 2014: 224

Dendrolycus elapoides angusticinctus (LAURENT 1952)
Lycophidion elapoides angusticinctum LAURENT 1952: 270
Dendrolycus elapoides angusticinctus — LAURENT 1956: 125 
DistributionC Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Congo (Brazzaville), Cameroon

Type locality: Camaroon [sic] Mountains  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.1.14.32 (and possibly additional specimens).
Holotype: RMCA R.18986, collected 29 Mar.–2 April 1951 [angusticinctus] 
CommentType species: Lycophidium elapoides GÜNTHER 1874 is the type species of the genus Dendrolycus LAURENT 1956. 
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  • 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
  • Chirio, L. & Lebreton, M. 2007. Atlas des reptiles du Cameroun. MNHN, IRD, Paris 688 pp.
  • Günther, A. 1874. Description of some new or imperfectly known species of Reptiles from the Cameroon Mountains. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1874: 442-445. - get paper here
  • Hughes, B. 1983. African snake faunas. Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 34: 311-356 - get paper here
  • Laurent, R.F. 1956. Contribution à l'herpetologie de la région des Grandes Lacs de l'Afrique centrale. Ann. Mus. Roy. Congo Belge (Sci. Zool.), 48: 1-390
  • LeBreton, Matthew 1999. A working checklist of the herpetofauna of Cameroon. Netherlands Committee for IUCN, 160 pp.
  • Perret, J.L. 1961. Études herpétologiques africaines III. 1. La faune ophidienne de la région camerounaise. Bull. Soc. neuchâtel. Sci. nat., 84: 133-138
  • Schmidt, K. P. 1923. Contributions to the herpetology of the Belgian Congo based on the collection of the American Museum Congo Expedition, 1909-1915. Part II. Snakes, with field notes by Herbert Lang and James P. Chapin. Bull. Amer. Mus. nat. Hist. 49 (1): 1-146 - 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
  • 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.
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