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Hemirhagerrhis hildebrandtii (PETERS, 1878)

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Higher TaxaPsammophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Kenyan Bark Snake, Northern bark snake, Eastern Bark Snake 
SynonymAblabes Hildebrandtii PETERS 1878: 205
Ablabes Hildebrandtii — FISCHER 1884: 7
Ablabes Hildebrandtii — GÜNTHER 1888: 333
Hemirhagerrhis hildebrandtii — STEJNEGER 1893: 729
Amplorhinus nototaenia — BOULENGER 1896 (not GÜNTHER) (part.)
Anoplorhinus nototaenia — BOULENGER 1912: 332 (in error)
Hemirhagerrhis nototaenia — PARKER 1949: 362 (not GÜNTHER)
Hemirhagerrhis nototaenia — HEDGES 1983: 26 (not GÜNTHER)
Hemirhagerrhis nototaenia — BRANDSTÄTTER 1995: 362 (not GÜNTHER)
Hemirhagerrhis hildebrandtii — BROADLEY 2000: 9
Hemirhagerrhis hildebrandtii — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 547
Hemirhagerrhis hildebrandtii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 326
Hemirhagerrhis hildebrandtii — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 428 
DistributionRepublic of South Sudan (RSS), Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, NE Tanzania

Type locality: “Kitui (Ukamba)” [Kenya]  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 9282 
CommentRevived from synonym with H. nototaenia by BROADLEY & HUGHES 2000.

Habitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
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  • Boulenger, G. A. 1912. Missione per la frontiera Italo—Etiopica sotto il comando del Capitano Carlo Citerni. Risultati zoologici. List of the reptiles and batrachians. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova (3) 5:329-332. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1896. A list of the reptiles and batrachians collected by the late Prince Eugenio Ruspoli in Somaliland and Gallaland in 1893. Annali Mus. civ. Stor. nat. Genova, Giacomo Doria, (2) 17: 5-14 [11] - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1896. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum, Vol. 3. London (Taylor & Francis), xiv + 727 pp. - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G. & Hughes,B. 2000. A revision of the African genus Hemirhagerrhis BOETTGER 1893 (Serpentes: Colubridae). Syntarsus 6: 1-17
  • Fischer, J. G. 1884. Über einige afrikanische Reptilien, Amphibien und Fische des Naturhistorischen Museums I. Über die von Herrn Dr. G.A. Fischer in Massai Gebiete (Ost Afrika) auf seiner in Veranlassung der geographischen Gesellschaft in Hamburg unternommenen Expeditio Jahrb. Hamburg Wiss. Anst. 1: 1-32 - get paper here
  • Günther,A. 1888. Contribution to the knowledge of snakes of tropical Africa. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 1: 322-335 - 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
  • Hedges, N.G. 1983. Reptilies and amphibians of East Africa. Kenya Literature Bureau, Nairobi, 139 pp. - get paper here
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 694 pp.
  • Malonza, Patrick K.; David M. Mulwa, Joash O. Nyamache, Georgina Jones 2017. Biogeography of the Shimba Hills ecosystem herpetofauna in Kenya. Zoological Research 38(5): 1-11 - get paper here
  • Parker,H.W. 1949. The snakes of Somaliland and the Sokotra islands. Zoologische Verhandelingen 6: 1-115 - get paper here
  • Peters,W.C.H. 1878. Über die von Hrn. J. M. Hildebrandt während seiner letzten ostafrikanischen Reise gesammelten Säugethiere und Amphibien. Mber. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1878: 194-209
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • Stejneger, L. 1893. On some collections of reptiles and batrachians from East Africa and the adjacent islands, recently received from Dr. W. L. Abbott and Mr. William Astor Chanler, with descriptions of new species. Proc. US Natl. Mus. 16: 711-741 - 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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