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Lycodonomorphus whytii (BOULENGER, 1897)

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Whyte's Water-Snake 
SynonymGlypholycus whytii BOULENGER 1897
Ablabophis whytii — COTT 1935: 965
Ablabophis rufulus whytii — IONIDES in SWYNNERTON 1952: 10
Lycodonomorphus whytei — HUGHES 1983
Lycodonomorphus whytii whytii — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 24
Lycodonomorphus whytii — BOYCOTT 1992
Lycodonomorphus whytei — BROADLEY 2004
Lycodonomorphus whytii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 389
Lycodonomorphus whytii — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 390 
DistributionTanzania, Mozambique, Republic of South Africa (Transvaal. Swaziland)

Type locality: Fort Hill = Chipata, Malawi.  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.1.13.93 (and possibly additional specimens). 
CommentTHOMAS & GRIESSEL 1999 is a web site.

Abundance: Lycodonomorphus whytii is only known from three female voucher specimens, all from montane streams in southwestern Tanzania and northern Malawi. 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of the types, “Mr. Alex. White, F.Z.S.” (but still spelled “whytii” in the original description of Boulenger). 
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  • Boulenger, G.A. 1897. A list of the reptiles and batrachians collected in northern Nyasssaland by Mr. Alex Whyte, F.Z.S., and presented to the British Museum by Sir Harry H. Johnston, K.C.B., with descriptions of new species. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1897: 800-803 - get paper here
  • Boycott, R.C. 1992. An Annotated Checklist of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Swaziland. The Conservation Trust of Swaziland - get paper here
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Broadley, D.G. 1995. A small collection of reptiles and amphibians from central and southern Malawi. African Herp News (24): 16-18 - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G. 2004. Herpetofauna of the four corners area. - In: R. & Childes, S.L. (Eds.) 2004. Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapters 5-15). Timberlake, J. Occasional Publications in Biodiversity No 15, Biodiversity Foundation for Africa, Bulawayo/Zambezi Society, Harare, Zimbabwe: 313- 346
  • FitzSimons, V. 1963. A new subspecies of water-snake from Kruger National Park. Koedoe 7: 26-29 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Hughes, B. 1983. African snake faunas. Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 34: 311-356 - get paper here
  • Lyakurwa, J.V., Howell, K.M., Munishi, L.K., Treydte, A.C. 2019. Uzungwa Scarp Nature Forest Reserve; a unique hotspot for reptiles in Tanzania. Acta Herpetologica 14 (1): 3-14 - get paper here
  • Pietersen, Darren, Verburgt, Luke & Davies, John 2021. Snakes and other reptiles of Zambia and Malawi. Struik Nature / Penguin Random House South Africa, 376 pp., ISBN 9781775847373
  • Rasmussen, J. B. 2004. A review of Whyte's Water-snake, Lycodonomorphus whytii (Serpentes: Colubridae: Lamprophiinae). African Journal of Herpetology 53 (2):155-162 - get paper here
  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147] - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - 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
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