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Pseudoxyrhopus imerinae (GÜNTHER, 1890)

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Higher TaxaPseudoxyrhophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Plateau Brook Snake 
SynonymLiophis imerinae GÜNTHER 1890: 71
Coronella microps BOULENGER 1888
Pseudoxyrhopus imerinae — BOULENGER 1890
Pseudoxyrhopus imerinae — BOULENGER 1893: 316
Pseudoxyrhopus imerinae — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 331
Pseudoxyrhopus imerinae — WALLACH et al. 2014: 611 
DistributionMadagascar (central High plateau and adjacent eastern rainforest encarpment); elevation up to 2200 m.

Type locality: “forest district east of Imerina, Madagascar”  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.1.7.80
Syntypes: BMNH 1887.12.22.34-35 [microps] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A Pseudoxyrhopus with 19 rows of dorsal scales at midbody; 8 supralabials; a slightly pointed snout that considerably overhangs tip of lower jaw; five dark longitudinal lines on body; a dark brown venter in adult. 
EtymologyNamed after its type locality. 
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1888. Descriptions of new Reptiles and Batrachians from Madagascar. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 1: 101-107. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Boulenger,G.A. 1890. On the Ophidian genus Pseudoxyrhopus, Gthr. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 6: 311-314 - 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)
  • Günther, A. 1890. Tenth Contribution to the Knowledge of the Fauna of Madagascar. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 5: 69-72. - get paper here
  • 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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