Philothamnus belli (GÜNTHER, 1866)
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|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Herpetaethiops Bellii GÜNTHER 1866: 27|
Philothamnus belli — TRAPE & BALDÉ 2014
|Distribution||Sierra Leone, Guinea (Conakry), Liberia|
Type locality: Sierra Leone.
|Types||Type: BMNH 220.127.116.119, female|
|Diagnosis||Original description: “Herpetaethiops Bellii Pl. VII fig. B. Head rather narrow, distinct from neck. Rostral shield scarcely broader than high, reaching the upper surface of the snout; anterior frontals half as large as the posterior, about as long as broad. Vertical bell-shaped, as large as a superciliary, and not much shorter than the occipitals, which are short and rounded behind. Loreal quadrangular, much longer than deep; one preocular, nearly reaching the vertical; two postoculars; nine upper labials, the fourth, fifth and sixth of which enter the orbit. Temporals 2+2, the two anterior being in contact with the postoculars. Scales much imbricate. Ventrals 159; anal entire; subcaudals 85.|
Coloration: Deep black above and below; only the lower side of the head and the thirty anterior ventral shields are whitish.
We have received one example only, in a collection made by Lieut. Bell at Sierra Leone; it is 33 inches long, the tail measuring 9 inches.” (Günther 1866: 64)
Comparisons (scalation): P. belli: V = 146–(mean 148.7)–153 (n = 4), SC = 89–(91.7)–94 (n = 3); P. heterodermus: V = 146–(148.2)–151 (n = 17), SC = 77–(85.9)–93 (n = 18) and females: P. belli: V = 149–(154.7)–161 (n = 13), SC = 74–(78.7)–82 (n = 12); P. heterodermus: V = 146–(148.3)–151 (n = 22), SC = 73–(79.8)–86 (n = 14) (Trape & Baldé 2014).
|Comment||Synonymy: P. belli was synonymized with Philothamnus heterodermus by LOVERIDGE 1958: 64 and remained a synonym until TRAPE & BALDÉ 2014 revalidated it.|
|Etymology||Dedicated to Lieut. Bell|
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