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Lycophidion nanum (BROADLEY, 1968)

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymCryptolycus nanus BROADLEY 1968
Lycophidion nanum — THOMAS & GRIESSEL 1999
Lycophidion nanus — SPAWLS et al. 2002: 265
Lycophidion nanum — WALLACH et al. 2014: 410 
DistributionC Mozambique, Zimbabwe, S Mozambique

Type locality: Xiluvo, Manica e Sofala District, Mozambique
at ca. 250 m.  
TypesHolotype: NMZB, previously UM 6988, an adult male. Collected byL. A. Balarin and D. G . Broadley,· 3rd December, 1963. 
CommentBroadley (1996) synonymized Cryptolycus with Lycophidion. This species is extremely adapted to a burrowing life style and some studies suggest that it feeds exclusively on Chirindia, a genus of amphisbaenians. No information in Wallach (unpubl.). THOMAS & GRIESSEL 1999 is a web site.

Distribution: Map: Broadley 1996 
  • Broadley, D. & Blaylock 2013. The Snakes of Zimbabwe and Botswana. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 387 pp. [book review in Sauria 35 (2): 59 and Copeia 2014: 388] - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G. 1968. The African Wolf Snakes (Serpentes, Colubridae): a new genus and species from Mozambique. Arnoldia (Rhodesia) 10 (4): 1-5
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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