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Lycophidion taylori BROADLEY & HUGHES, 1993

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Taylor’s wolf snake 
SynonymLycophidion taylori BROADLEY & HUGHES 1993
Lycophidion capense — PARKER 1949: 54 (not A. SMITH) (part.)
Lycophidion taylori — CHIRIO & INEICH 2006
Lycophidion taylori — WALLACH et al. 2014: 411
Lycophidion taylori — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 402 
DistributionS Somalia, Chad, Central African Republic, Senegal, Ethiopia, Tanzania [HR 31: 56], Sudan (Jumhūriyyat)

Type locality: Borama District at ca. 1375 m elevation (43°E 10° N)  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1949.2.1.76 
CommentLycophidion taylori resembles Lycophidion depressirostre in its association with semi-desert and dry savanna habitats and has also similar scale counts. Not listed for Tanzania by BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991. 
EtymologyNamed after Colonel R.H.R. Taylor who collected reptiles along the boundary between northern Somalia and Ethiopia in 1932/33. 
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  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 694 pp.
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  • Parker,H.W. 1949. The snakes of Somaliland and the Sokotra islands. Zoologische Verhandelingen 6: 1-115 - 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
  • Stephen Spawls; Tomáš Mazuch& Abubakr Mohammad 2023. Handbook of Amphibians and Reptiles of North-east Africa. Bloomsbury, 640 pp. - get paper here
  • Trape, J.-F. 2021. Trois serpents nouveaux du genre Lycophidion Fitzinger, 1843 (Squamata : Lamprophiidae) en Afrique centrale. Bull. Soc. Herp. France 178: 24-37
  • Trape, Jean-François; Israël Demba Kodindo, Ali Sougoudi Djiddi, Joseph Mad-Toïngué & Clément Hinzoumbé Kerah 2020. The snakes of Chad: results of a field survey and annotated country-wide checklist. Bonn zoological Bulletin 69 (2): 367–393 - 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.
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