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Poecilopholis cameronensis BOULENGER, 1903

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Higher TaxaAtractaspididae (Aparallactinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Cameroon Racer 
SynonymPoecilopholis cameronensis BOULENGER 1903
Poecilopholis cameronensis — STERNFELD 1909: 17
Poecilopholis cameronensis — CHIRIO & LEBRETON 2007
Poecilopholis cameronensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 571
Poecilopholis cameronensis — CHIPPAUX & JACKSON 2019 

Type locality: Efulen, S. Cameroon.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.1.69, a 520 mm specimen 
DiagnosisDescription: Snout rounded. Rostral bent over the snout between the rather large nasals, forming a suture with the prrefrontal, which is twice as broad as long; frontal a little longer than broad, a little longer than the prrefrontal, two thirds the length of the parietals; one pre- and two postoculars; an elongate anterior temporal; five upper labials, third bordering the eye; chin-shields small, the anterior a little sborter than the posterior and in contact with three lower labial; Scales in 15 rows. Ventrals 178; anal divided; subcaudals 23. Blackish olive above, the lateral scales whitish in the centre; upper lip and a triangular patch from behind the labials to the outer border of the parietal white; lower parts white, the shields edged with dark olive. Total length 520 millim; tail 43 (from BOULENGER 1903). 
CommentThe status of this genus remains a bit unclear as there is no DNA sequence available. CHIPPAUX & JACKSON 2019 listed it under Aparallactinae while other authors have kept is as “of unclear status” (incertae sedis).

Type species: Poecilopholis cameronensis BOULENGER 1903 is the type species of the genus Poecilopholis BOULENGER 1903. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1903. Descriptions of new snakes in the collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (7) 12: 350-354 - get paper here
  • Chippaux, Jean-Philippe & Kate Jackson 2019. Snakes of Central and Western Africa. Johns Hopkins University Press, 448 pp. [detaileld review in HR 51 (1): 161] - get paper here
  • Chirio, L. & Lebreton, M. 2007. Atlas des reptiles du Cameroun. MNHN, IRD, Paris 688 pp.
  • Sternfeld, R. 1909. Die Fauna der deutschen Kolonien: Die Schlangen Kameruns. Berlin, R. Friedländer & Sohn, 28 pp.
  • 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.
  • Werner, F. 1913. Neue oder seltene Reptilien und Frösche des Naturhistorischen Museums in Hamburg. Reptilien der Ostafrika-Expedition der Hamburger Geographischen Gesellschaft 1911/12. Leiter: Dr. E. Obst. Reptilien und Amphibien von Formosa. Jb. Hamb. wiss. Anst., 30 [1912], 2. Beiheft: 1-39, 40-45, 45-51 - get paper here
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