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Psammophylax togoensis (Matschie, 1893b)

 

Common Names  
Synonym Psammophis togoensis MATSCHIE 1893: 171
Rhamphiophis togoensis — WERNER 1897
Rhamphiophis acutus garambensis DE WITTE 1959
Rhamphiophis acutus togoensis — PITMAN 1974
Rhamphiophis acutus togoensis — CHIRIO & INEICH 1992
Rhamphiophis togoensis — CHIRIO & LEBRETON 2007
Psammophylax acutus togoensis — KELLY et al. 2008
Psammophylax togoensis — SEGNIAGBETO et al. 2012
Psammophylax togoensis — WALLACH et al. 2014
Psammophylax togoensis — TRAPE & BALDÉ 2014 
Distribution West and Central Africa, Guinea (Kouroussa), Ivory Coast (Toumodi), Ghana (Brong-Ahafo, Volta), Togo (Centrale, Plateaux), Cameroon (Adamaoua, Nord, Sud-Ouest), Congo (Cuvette, Plateau), W. Central African Republic (S. Ouham-Pendé or N Nana Nambere), NE Democratic Republic of the Congo (Oriental), W. South Sudan (Western Equatoria)a and W Uganda (S Northern, N Western). Probably occurs in Burkina Faso and Nigeria and possibly in Benin.
200-1000 m

Type locality: "Hinterlande von Togo”  
Types Holotype: Zoologisches Museum Berlin, ZMB 13249 
Comment SEGNIAGBETO et al. 2012 separated Psammophylax acutus (Günther, 1888) from Psammophylax togoensis (Matschie, 1893) both on the basis of constant morphological characters, such as the presence of ventrolateral stripes, and of their geographical distribution. 
   
References
  • Chirio, L. & Lebreton, M. 2007. Atlas des reptiles du Cameroun. MNHN, IRD, Paris 688 pp.
  • 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 [1991]
  • 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 - get paper here
  • Matschie,P. 1893. Einige anscheinend neue Reptilien und Amphibien aus West-Afrika. Sitzungsber. Gesell. naturf. Freunde Berlin 6: 170-175 - get paper here
  • Pitman,C.R.S. 1974. A guide to the snakes of Uganda. Codicote, Wheldon & Wesley, L., 290 pp.
  • TRAPE, JEAN-FRANÇOIS & CELLOU BALDÉ 2014. A checklist of the snake fauna of Guinea, with taxonomic changes in the genera Philothamnus and Dipsadoboa (Colubridae) and a comparison with the snake fauna of some other West African countries Zootaxa 3900 (3): 301–338
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • 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