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Natriciteres bipostocularis BROADLEY, 1962

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Southwestern Forest Marsh Snake 
SynonymNatriciteres olivacea bipostocularis BROADLEY 1962
Neusterophis fuliginoides — DE WITTE 1953
Natriciteres olivacea uluguruensis BROADLEY & PITMAN 1960 (not LOVERIDGE 1958)
Natriciteres variegata bipostocularis — BROADLEY 1966
Natriciteres bipostocularis — HAAGNER et al. 2000
Natriciteres bipostocularis — BROADLEY et al. 2003
Natriciteres bipostocularis — BROADLEY et al. 2004
Natriciteres bipostocularis — BRANCH 2008
Natriciteres bipostocularis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 474 
DistributionZambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire: Katanga), C Angola; elevation 1320-1585 m.  
TypesHolotype: NMZB (also as NMSR) 3524 (Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo) 
DiagnosisDescription. Preocular 1 (rarely 2); postoculars 2 (3 on one side of one Angola snake); temporals 1+2; upper labials 8 (rarely 7 or 9), the fourth and fifth (rarely third and fourth or fifth and sixth) entering the orbit; lower labials 8 (rarely 9) the first four in contact with the anterior sublinguals; dorsal scales smooth in 17 rows anteriorly, reducing to 15 posteriorly by fusion of rows III and IV (rarely II+HI)
between ventrals 59-85; ventrals 130-138 in males, 136-140 in females; anal divided; subcaudals 65-78 in males, 64-70 in females (from BROADLEY 1966).

Coloration. Similar to N. v. sylvatica, but never with a well-defined pale nuchal collar. Zambian specimens show no trace of this marking. The dark coloration at the ends of the ventrals tends to extend along the basal edges of these scutes (from BROADLEY 1966). 
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