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Lycophidion meleagre BOULENGER, 1893

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Speckled wolf snake 
SynonymLycophidium meleagris BOULENGER 1893: 337
Lycophidion meleagris — RASMUSSEN 1981: 175
Lycophidion meleagre — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 25
Lycophidion meleagris — BROADLEY 1998
Lycophidion meleagre — SPAWLS et al. 2002: 325
Lycophidion meleagre — WALLACH et al. 2014: 410
Lycophidion meleagre — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 399 
DistributionAngola, W Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Tanzania (Usambara, Magrotto, Uluguru Mountains), Kenya (BROADLEY in Afr. J. Herp. 51: 147-151, 2002).

Type locality: Ambriz, and Ambrizette, Angola.  
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.1.14.40 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Nostril pierced at the posterior edge of the nasal and bordered by a smaller postnasal which is in broad contact with the first supralabial. Dorsal scales with single apical pits in 15-15-15 rows; ventrals 144-165 in males, 150-174 in females; subcaudals 30-36 in males, 21-28 in females (Broadley 1996: 11). 
CommentDistribution: Map: Broadley 1996. 
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  • 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. 1996. A revision of the genus Lycophidion Fitzinger (Serpentes: Colubridae) in Africa south of the equator. Syntarsus 3: 1-33. - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G. 1998. The reptilian fauna of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa). In: Schmidt, K.P. and Noble, G.K., Contributions to the Herpetology of the Belgian Congo... [reprint of the 1919 and 1923 papers]. SSAR Facsimile reprints in Herpetology, 780 pp.
  • Chifundera, K. 1990. Snakes of Zaire and their bites. Afr. Stud. Monogr. (Kyoto) 10(3): 137-157.
  • Chippaux, Jean-Philippe & Kate Jackson 2019. Snakes of Central and Western Africa. Johns Hopkins University Press, 448 pp. [detaileld review in HR 51 (1): 161] - get paper here
  • 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
  • Marques, Mariana P.; Luis M. P. Ceríaco , David C. Blackburn , and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. Diversity and Distribution of the Amphibians and Terrestrial Reptiles of Angola -- Atlas of Historical and Bibliographic Records (1840–2017). Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 4) 65: 1-501 (Supplement II)
  • Rasmussen,J.B. 1981. The snakes from the rainforest of the Usambara Mountains, Tanzania: a checklist and key. Salamandra 17 (3-4): 173-188 - 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
  • 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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