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Xenocalamus michelli MÜLLER, 1911

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Higher TaxaAtractaspididae (Aparallactinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Michell's Quill-snouted Snake 
SynonymXenocalamus michelli MÜLLER 1911: 359
Xenocalamus michellii — DE WITTE & LAURENT 1947: 52
Xenocalamus michellii — WELCH 1994: 125
Xenocalamus michellii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 796
Amblyodipsas michellii — FIGUEROA et al. 2016 (by implication) 
DistributionS Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) (Katanga district)

Type locality: “Kituri, Katangadistrikt Kongostaat”  
TypesHolotype: lost, was ZSM 524/1911 (lost fide Franzen & Glaw 2007) 
EtymologyNamed after Captain Michell who brought the snake from the Congo and donated it to the ZSM.  
  • Broadley, D. G. 1971. A revision of the African snake genera Amblyodipsas and Xenocalamus. Occ. Pap. natl. Mus. Rhod. B4 (33): 629-697
  • Broadley, D.G. 1998. The reptilian fauna of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa). In: Schmidt, K.P. and Noble, G.K., Contributions to the Herpetology of the Belgian Congo... [reprint of the 1919 and 1923 papers]. SSAR Facsimile reprints in Herpetology, 780 pp.
  • Broadley, Donald G. and F. P. D. Cotterill. 2004. The reptiles of southeast Katanga, an overlooked 'hot spot'. [Congo]. African Journal of Herpetology 53 (1): 35-61. - get paper here
  • Chifundera, K. 1990. Snakes of Zaire and their bites. Afr. Stud. Monogr. (Kyoto) 10(3): 137-157.
  • Chippaux, Jean-Philippe & Kate Jackson 2019. Snakes of Central and Western Africa. Johns Hopkins University Press, 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Figueroa A, McKelvy AD, Grismer LL, Bell CD, Lailvaux SP 2016. A Species-Level Phylogeny of Extant Snakes with Description of a New Colubrid Subfamily and Genus. PLoS One 11 (9): e0161070.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0161070 - get paper here
  • Müller,L. 1911. Zwei neue Schlangen aus dem Katangadistrikt, Kongostaat. Zool. Anz. 38: 357-360 - 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.
  • Witte, G. F. de & LAURENT,R.F. 1947. Revision d'un groupe de Colubridae africains: genres Calamelaps, Miodon, Aparallactus, et formes affines. Mém. Mus. Roy. Hist. Nat. Belgique (sér. 2) 29: 1-134
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