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Kladirostratus acutus (GÜNTHER, 1888)
 

Higher Taxa Lamprophiidae, Psammophiinae, Serpentes (snakes) 
Subspecies Psammophylax acutus acutus (GÜNTHER 1888)
Psammophylax acutus jappi (BROADLEY 1971)

Psammophylax acutus togoensis (MATSCHIE 1893) is elevated to a species, Psammophylax togoensis.

Common Names Striped Beaked Snake, Beaked skaapstekker 
Synonym Psammophis acutus GÜNTHER 1888: 327
Rhamphiophis acutus wittei LAURENT 1956
Rhamphiophis acutus — RÖDEL et al. 1999
Rhamphiophis acutus acutus — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 27
Rhamphiophis acutus — SPAWLS et al. 2001
Rhamphiophis acutus — BROADLEY & COTTERILL 2004
Psammophylax acutus acutus — KELLY et al. 2008

Rhamphiophis acutus jappi (BROADLEY 1971)
Psammophylax acutus jappi — KELLY et al. 2008

Rhamphiophis acutus togoensis (MATSCHIE 1893)
Psammophis togoensis MATSCHIE 1893: 171
Rhamphiophis togoensis — WERNER 1897
Rhamphiophis togoensis — CHIRIO & LEBRETON 2007
Psammophylax acutus togoensis — KELLY et al. 2008 
Distribution Angola, N/S Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Congo (Brazzaville), W Tanzania, Burundi, Zambia, W Uganda, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin ?, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast (RÖDEL et al. 1999)

jappi: W Zambia; Type locality: Barotse flood plains in western Zambia.
togoensis: Cameroon
Type locality: Pungo Andongo, Angola. .
 
Types  
Comment Etymology: Named after Latin “acuere” = sharp, or “acutus” = sharpened, pointed, or “acumen” = tip, or “acus” = needle.

Distribution: not listed explicitly by BROADLEY et al. (2003) for Zambia. Not reported from Benin according to ULLENBRUCH et al. 2010. 
References
  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Broadley, D.G. 1971. A review of Rhamphiophis acutus (Günther) with the description of a new subspecies from Zambia (Serpentes: Colubridae). Arnoldia 5 (8): 1-8
  • Broadley, D.G. 1991. The Herpetofauna of Northern Mwinilunga Distr., Northw. Zambia. Arnoldia Zimbabwe 9 (37): 519-538
  • Broadley, D.G.; Doria, C.T. & Wigge, J. 2003. Snakes of Zambia. An Atlas and Field Guide. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 280 pp. [review in Sauria 26 (3): 21]
  • 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.
  • Chirio,L. & Ineich,I. 1992. Les genres Rhamphiophis Peters 1854 et Dipsina Jan 1863 (Serpentes, Colubridae): revue des taxons reconnus et description d'une espèce nouvelle. Bull. Mus. natl. Hist. nat., Paris, 4è ser. 13A (1-2): 217-235
  • Günther,A. 1888. Contribution to the knowledge of snakes of tropical Africa. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 1: 322-335
  • Haagner,G.V.; Branch,W.R. & Haagner,A.J.F. 2000. Notes on a collection of reptiles from Zambia and adjacent areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Annals of the Eastern Cape Museum 1: 1 – 25
  • Kelly, Christopher M.R.;Nigel P. Barker, Martin H. Villet, Donald G. Broadley and William R. Branch 2008. The snake family Psammophiidae (Reptilia: Serpentes): Phylogenetics and species delimitation in the African sand snakes (Psammophis Boie, 1825) and allied genera. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 47 (3): 1045-1060
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  • Matschie,P. 1893. Einige anscheinend neue Reptilien und Amphibien aus West-Afrika. Sitzungsber. Gesell. naturf. Freunde Berlin 6: 170-175
  • Necas, P. & Schmidt, W. 2004. Stump-tailed Chameleons. Miniature Dragons of the Rainforest. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 256 pp. [review in Elaphe 14 (1): 24]
  • Rödel,M.O.; Kouadio,K, & Mahsberg,D. 1999. Die Schlangenfauna des Comoé-Nationalparks, Elfenbeinküste: Ergänzungen und Ausblick. Salamandra 35 (3): 165-180
  • Trape, J.F. & R. ROUX-ESTÈVE 1995. Les serpents du Congo: liste commentée et clé de détermination. J. Afr. Zool. 109 (1): 31-50
  • Werner, F. 1897. Über Reptilien und Batrachier aus Togoland, Kamerun und Tunis aus dem Kgl. Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. Verh. Zool.-Bot. Ges., Wien 47: 395-407
  • Keates e.a. 2019
 
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