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Lamprophis fuscus BOULENGER, 1893

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Yellow-bellied House Snake
G: Gelbbauch-Hausschlange 
SynonymLamprophis fuscus BOULENGER 1893: 322
Lamprophis fuscus — BOULENGER 1893: 322
Lamprophis longicauda WERNER 1909: 216 (?, HALLERMANN, pers. comm.)
Lamprophis fuscus — BRANCH 1987
Lamprophis fuscus — BRANCH 1993
Lamprophis fuscus — KELLY et al. 2011
Lamprophis fuscus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 353 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Cape Province, Natal, Transvaal), Swaziland, Lesotho, S Mozambique

Type locality: Cape of Good Hope.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.12.43 
CommentThe type of Lamprophis longicauda WERNER has been lost, hence it is impossible to determine its identity with certainty. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “fuscus”, meaning dark or dusky. 
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Boycott, R.C. 1996. Life History Notes - Lamprophis fuscus. African Herp News (25): 40-41 - get paper here
  • Branch W R 1984. The house snakes of southern Africa (genus Lamprophis). Litteratura Serpentium 4 (3-4): 106-120
  • Branch, W R 1987. New herpetological distribution records in the western Cape Province. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa 33: 29-31 - get paper here
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • Fitzsimons, V. 1966. A check-list, with syntopic keys, to the snakes of southern Africa. Annals Transvaal Museum 25 (3): 35-79 - get paper here
  • Fraser M. 2023. Reptiles and Amphibians of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa. Biodiversity Observations 13: 162–185. 14 March 2023 - get paper here
  • Haagner, G. V. 1991. Life History Note: Lamprophis fuscus: Size. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (39): 24-25 - get paper here
  • Haagner, G. V. 1991. Geographical Distribution - Lamprophis fuscus. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (39): 20-20 - get paper here
  • Hermann R 1991. Seltene Hausschlangen Sudafrikas. Teil I Lamprophis fuscus Boulenger 1893 und Lamprophis guttatus (Smith 1843). Sauria 13 (2): 25-30 - get paper here
  • Kelly, Christopher M.R.; William R. Branch, Donald G. Broadley, Nigel P. Barker, Martin H. Villet 2011. Molecular systematics of the African snake family Lamprophiidae Fitzinger, 1843 (Serpentes: Elapoidea), with particular focus on the genera Lamprophis Fitzinger 1843 and Mehelya Csiki 1903. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 58(3): 415-426 - get paper here
  • Lambiris, A.J.L. 1987. Geographical Distribution - Lamprophis fuscus. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (33): 29-29 - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Werner,F. 1909. Über neue oder seltene Reptilien des Naturhistorischen Museums in Hamburg. Jahrb. Hamb. wiss. Anst. suppl. 2 (Mitt. Naturhist. Mus. Hamb. 1908) 26: 205-247 - get paper here
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