Lamprophis aurora (LINNAEUS, 1758)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lamprophis aurora?
|Higher Taxa||Lamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Aurora House Snake|
|Synonym||Coluber Aurora LINNAEUS 1758: 219 (?)|
Coluber aurora — SHAW 1802: 544
Natrix aurora — MERREM 1820: 97
Lycodon aurora BOIE 1827: 523
Coronella aurora — SCHLEGEL 1837: 75
Lamprophis aurora — FITZINGER 1843: 25
Lamprophis aurora — DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 431
Lamprophis aurora — BOULENGER 1893: 321
Lamprophis aurora — SCHMIDT & KUNZ 2005: 91
Lamprophis aurora — MATTISON 2007: 242
Lamprophis aurora — KELLY et al. 2011
Lamprophis aurora — WALLACH et al. 2014: 353
|Distribution||Republic of South Africa (Cape Province north to Transvaal), Swaziland, E Botswana|
Type locality: “America” (fide LINNAEUS 1758; in error)
|Types||Type: NRM (= NHRM) (Stockholm)|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis (genus, revised fide KELLY et al. 2011): An endemic southern African genus diagnosed by the following combination of characters: body elongated to stocky, and tail moderate to short; head moderate to small and generally rounded, slightly to moderately broader than neck and distinct from it; eye small to moder-ate, with vertically elliptical pupil; midbody scale rows 19–25,vertebral row not enlarged; dorsal scales smooth, generally without apical pits (except in some aurora); ventrals 165–230, without lateral keel; subcaudals paired, 28–74; anal entire; maxilla with six anterior teeth increasing in size to the 6th, followed (sometimes after a short diastema) by 9–13 ungrooved teeth gradually decreasing in size posteriorly; hemipenis variable – unforked (guttatus) or shallowly forked, shaft nude or spinose, with or without basal spines; distally, 6–8 pinnate rows of ossified spines that may be slightly webbed and decrease in size towards organ apex; lobes encircled by 3–4 (fuscus) or 6–8 (aurora) rows of fine spines; sulcus semi-centrifugal, divided (Bogert, 1940; Broadley, 1990; Branch,1998). See Table 4 in KELLY et al. 2011 for additional data.|
|Comment||Synonymy partly after DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854.|
Type species: Coluber Aurora LINNAEUS 1758 is the type species of the genus Lamprophis. Note that KELLY et al. (2011) distinguish between Lamprophis (sensu strictu) and Boaedon (which they resurrected).
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