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Meizodon plumbiceps (BOETTGER, 1893)

IUCN Red List - Meizodon plumbiceps - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Black-headed smooth snake 
SynonymCoronella plumbiceps BOETTGER 1893: 117
Coronella somalica SCORTECCI 1932: 46
Meizodon loveridgei BOGERT 1940
Coronella somalica — CORKILL & COCHRANE 1966
Meizodon plumbiceps — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 498
Meizodon plumbiceps — WALLACH et al. 2014: 435
Meizodon plumbiceps — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 481 
DistributionE Ethiopia, S Somalia, NE Kenya, Arabian peninsula ?

Type locality: Ogadeen, Somaliland.  
TypesHolotype: SMF 62453 (orig. ZMUZ), a 576 mm male (C. Keller, 1892).
Holotype: MSNM (Milano) [somalica] 
CommentHas been considered as a race of Meizodon semiornatus. Not listed in Spawls 1978. 
  • Blackburn, D.G. 1993. STANDARDIZED CRITERIA FOR THE RECOGNITION OF REPRODUCTIVE MODES IN SQUAMATE REPTILES. Herpetologica 49 (1): 118-132 - get paper here
  • Boettger,O. 1893. Übersicht der von Prof. C. Keller anlässlich der Ruspoli'schen Expedition nach den Somaliländern gesammelten Reptilien und Batrachier. Zool. Anz. 16 (416): 113-119 - get paper here
  • Bogert,C.M. 1940. Herpetological results of the Vernay Angola Expedition. I. Snakes, including an arrangement of the African Colubridae. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 77: 1-107 - get paper here
  • Corkill, N. L. and Cochrane, J. A. 1966. The snakes of the Arabian Peninsula and Socotra. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 62 (3): 475-506 (1965) - get paper here
  • Lanza, B. 1990. Amphibians and reptiles of the Somali Democratic Republic: check list and biogeography. Biogeographia, 14: 407-465 [1988] - get paper here
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 694 pp.
  • Largen,M.J. & Rasmussen,J.B. 1993. Catalogue of the snakes of Ethiopia (Reptilia Serpentes), including identification keys. Tropical Zoology 6: 313-434 - get paper here
  • Scortecci, G. 1932. Rettili dello Yemen. Atti soc. Ital. Sci.Nat. 71: 39-49 - get paper here
  • Scortecci,G. 1932. Descrizione preliminare di un nuovo ofidio ed un anfibio della Somalia italiana. Atti Soc. ital. Sci. nat. 71: 58-60
  • 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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