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Pseudoxyrhopus ankafinaensis RAXWORTHY & NUSSBAUM, 1994

IUCN Red List - Pseudoxyrhopus ankafinaensis - Critically Endangered, CR

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Higher TaxaPseudoxyrhophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymPseudoxyrhopus ankafinaensis RAXWORTHY & NUSSBAUM 1994
Pseudoxyrhopus ankafinaensis — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 332
Pseudoxyrhopus ankafinaensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 610 

Type locality: “Ankafana, Betsileo, Madagascar” [= Ankafina].  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1882.2.25.65 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A Pseudoxyrhopus with 25 dorsal scale rows at midbody, short parietal scales equal in length to frontal, loreal scale almost as high as long, body dark
brown dorsally, supralabials and rostral marked by a contiuous white line. 
CommentConservation: probably extinct (Raxworthy and Nussbaum 1994, Burbrink et al. 2019). 
EtymologyNamed after its type locality. 
  • Burbrink, Frank T; Sara Ruane, Arianna Kuhn, Nirhy Rabibisoa, Bernard Randriamahatantsoa, Achille P Raselimanana, Mamy S M Andrianarimalala, John E Cadle, Alan R Lemmon, Emily Moriarty Lemmon, Ronald A Nussbaum, Leonard Jones, Richard Pearson, Christ 2019. The origins and diversification of the exceptionally rich gemsnakes (Colubroidea: Lamprophiidae: Pseudoxyrhophiinae) in Madagascar. Systematic Biology, syz026 - get paper here
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Raxworthy C J. Nussbaum R A. 1994. A review of the madagascan snake genera Pseudoxyrhopus, Pararhadinaea and Heteroliodon (Squamata: Colubridae). MISCELLANEOUS PUBLICATIONS MUSEUM OF ZOOLOGY UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN (182): I-IV + 1-37 - get paper here
  • 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.
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