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Lycophidion variegatum BROADLEY, 1969

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Variegated Wolf Snake
G: Bunte Wolfsnatter 
SynonymLycophidion variegatum BROADLEY 1969
Lycophidion variegatum — AUERBACH 1987: 157
Lycophidion variegatum — BOYCOTT 1992
Lycophidion variegatum — BROADLEY et al. 2003: 146
Lycophidion variegatum — LIVIGNI 2013: 287
Lycophidion variegatum — WALLACH et al. 2014: 412
Lycophidion variegatum — PIETERSEN et al. 2021 
DistributionZimbabwe, Republic of South Africa (N Zululand through Transvaal, Swaziland), Botswana, Zambia

Type locality: Chitora River, 40 km south of Umtali, Rhodesia, ca. 920 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: NMZB, previously UM 10666, adult male 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Nostril pierced near the rear edge of the nasal, which is followed by a postnasal that is well separated from the first supralabial. Dorsal scales with single apical pits in 17-17-15 rows, the reduction taking place well before the vent; ventrals 183-200 in males, 189-204 in females, subcaudals 33-40 in males, 28-33 in females (Broadley 1996: 16). 
CommentDistribution: Map: Broadley 1996 
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  • Broadley, D G 1992. The taxonomy and zoogeography of the genus Lycophidion (Serpentes: Colubridae). Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 40: 30-36 - get paper here
  • 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. 1969. A new species of Lycophidion from Rhodesia (Serpentes: Colubridae). Arnoldia 4 (27): 1-8
  • 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.; Doria, C.T. & Wigge, J. 2003. Snakes of Zambia. An Atlas and Field Guide. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 280 pp. [review in Sauria 26 (3): 21]
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  • 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
  • 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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