Opisthotropis atra GÜNTHER, 1872
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Opisthotropis atra?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Opisthotropis ater GÜNTHER 1872: 16|
Opisthotropis atra — DAVID et al. 2011
Opisthotropis ater — YANG et al. 2011
Opisthotropis atra — WALLACH et al. 2014: 508
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 19126.96.36.199|
|Comment||Type species: Opisthotropis ater GÜNTHER 1872 is the type species of the genus Opisthotropis GÜNTHER 1872. However, the origin of this species in “West Africa” is considered as incorrect (POPE 1935). If this taxon proved not to be congeneric with the Asian species, the next available generic name for the oriental species is Calamohydrus Boulenger, 1888 (type species C. andersonii). See Ziegler et al. 2008 for more details.|
Key: for a key to the species of Opisthotropis, see Teynié et al. 2014 and Ren et al. 2017.
Abundance: known only from the type specimen (P. David, pers. comm. 5 May 2013).
Distribution: unknown. Type locality: West Africa (in error).
Habitat: Opisthotropis are mostly nocturnal, and inhabit flowing streams and occasionally dwell in riparian habitats (Yang et al. 2013).
|Etymology||The generic name comes from Greek οπισθε, opisthe, meaning “posterior, backwards”, and the noun Τροπις, tropis, the keel of a ship. The gender of the genus is feminine although some authors have claimed it is masculine (e.g. Hikida 2015).|
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