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Liopholidophis varius (FISCHER, 1884)

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Higher TaxaPseudoxyrhophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymLeptophis varius FISCHER 1884: 36
Tropidonotus sexlineatus — BOULENGER 1893 (not of GÜNTHER)
Liopholidophis pinguis PARKER 1925
Philodryas pallidus WERNER 1926
Liopholidophis pinguis — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 338
Liopholidophis varius — CADLE 1998
Liopholidophis varius — WALLACH et al. 2014: 396 

Type locality: “Madagascar” (lectotype locality)  
TypesLectotype: ZMH R04319, (formerly 5 syntypes all other destroyed.) (designated by CADLE 1998) 
  • Cadle, J. E. 1996. Snakes of the genus Liopholidophis (Colubridae) from Eastern Madagascar: New species, revisionary notes, and an estimate of phylogeny. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 154 (5): 369-464. - get paper here
  • Cadle,J.E. 1998. The identity of Leptophis varius FISCHER 1884 and placement of Liopholidophis pinguis PARKER 1925 in its synonymy. Journal of Herpetology 32 (3): 434-437 - get paper here
  • Fischer, J. G. 1884. Über einige afrikanische Reptilien, Amphibien und Fische des Naturhistorischen Museums. II. Über einige Reptilien von Nossi-Bé und Madagaskar. Jahrbuch des Naturhistorisches Museums Hamburg 1883: 33-38 - get paper here
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Glaw, F.; Nagy, Z.T.; Franzen, M. & Vences, M. 2007. Molecular phylogeny and systematics of the pseudoxyrhophiine snake genus Liopholidophis (Reptilia, Colubridae): evolution of its exceptional sexual dimorphism and descriptions of new taxa. Zoologica Scripta 36: 291–300 - get paper here
  • Günther,A. 1882. Ninth contribution to the knowledge of the fauna of Madagascar. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (5) 9: 262-266 - get paper here
  • Parker,H.W. 1925. New and rare reptiles and batrachians from Madagascar. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (9) 16: 390-394 - get paper here
  • Thomas, R. A., M. DI BERNARDO & H. GRILLITSCH 2001. Philodryas pallidus WERNER, 1926: a synonym of the Colubrid snake Liopholidophis varius (FISCHER, 1884) from Madagascar. Journal of Herpetology 35 (1): 120-122 - 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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