Philothamnus bequaerti (SCHMIDT, 1923)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Philothamnus bequaerti?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Bequaert's Green Snake|
|Synonym||Chlorophis bequaerti SCHMIDT 1923: 75|
Philothamnus irregularis — SCHMIDT 1923: 76 (fide HUGHES 1985)
Philothamnus bequaerti — HUGHES 1985
Philothamnus bequaerti — BROADLEY 1998
Philothamnus bequaerti — CHIRIO & INEICH 2006
Philothamnus bequaerti — WALLACH et al. 2014: 554
Philothamnus bequaerti — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 487
|Distribution||Central African Republic, Cameroon, Uganda, S Sudan, W Ethiopia, W/N Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)|
Type locality: Niangara, Democratic Republic of the Congo
|Types||Holotype: AMNH 12080, a 652 mm male (H. Lang and J. P. Chapin, Nov. 1910).|
|Comment||Has been confused with P. angolensis by Rasmussen (1991) and is probably absent from the Congo (but present in the Democratic Republic of the Congo!).|
Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018).
|Etymology||Named after Dr. Joseph Charles Bequaert (1886-1982), a Belgian botanist, entomologist, and malacologist who graduated with a doctorate in botany from the University of Ghent (1906). He later worked for the colonial government in the Belgian Congo (1910-1915). He moved to the USA (1916), becoming a U.S. citizen (1921). He was a Research Assistant, American Museum of Natural History (1917-1922), then worked at Harvard (1923-1956), initially teaching entomology at Harvard Medical School and finally becoming Professor of Zoology, Museum of Comparative Zoology. See Beolens et al. 2011 for more details.|
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