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Pseudoxyrhopus sokosoko RAXWORTHY & NUSSBAUM, 1994

IUCN Red List - Pseudoxyrhopus sokosoko - Vulnerable, VU

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Higher TaxaPseudoxyrhophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymPseudoxyrhopus sokosoko RAXWORTHY & NUSSBAUM 1994
Pseudoxyrhopus sokosoko — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 332
Pseudoxyrhopus sokosoko — CADLE 1999
Pseudoxyrhopus sokosoko — WALLACH et al. 2014: 611 
DistributionSE Madagascar

Type locality: Ampamakiesiny Pass 14 km NW of Ranomafana-Sud, Tolanaro (Fort Dauphin) Fivondronana, Toliara (Tuléar) Province, Madagascar, 24° 32’ S, 47° 51’ E, 800 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: UMMZ 195847 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A Pseudoxyrhopus with 21 rows of dorsal scales at midbody, 8 supralabials, bluntly rounded snout, subcaudals divided, white line on supralabials and rostral, and dark brown dorsal coloration on body. 
EtymologyNamed after the Malagasy word “sokosoko”, meaning “approaching or goes secretly or stealthily”, referring to the secretive and nocturnal habits of this species. 
  • Cadle, J. E. 1999. The dentation, systematics, and phylogeny of Pseudoxyrhopus and related genera from Madagascar (Serpentes: Colubridae), with description of a new species and a new genus. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 155 (8): 381-443. - 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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