Gongylophis muelleri

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Gongylophis muelleri
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Boidae
Genus: Gongylophis
Species: G. muelleri
Binomial name
Gongylophis muelleri
Boulenger, 1892
  • Gongylophis muelleri
    Boulenger, 1892
  • Eryx muelleri
    — Boulenger, 1893
  • Gongylophis muelleri
    McDiarmid, Campbell & Touré, 1999
  • Eryx muelleri
    Wallach et al., 2014

Gongylophis muelleri, known commonly as the Saharan sand boa, is a species of snake in the family Boidae.[2][3] The species is endemic to Africa.


The specific name, muelleri, is in honor of Swiss herpetologist Fritz Müller.[4]

Geographic range[edit]

G. muelleri is found in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, and Togo.[1]


Two subspecies are recognized as being valid, including the nominotypical subspecies.[1]

Nota bene: The trinomial authority in parentheses indicates that the subspecies was originally described in a genus other than Gongylophis.


  1. ^ a b c "Eryx muelleri ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  2. ^ "Gongylophis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved August 16, 2010.
  3. ^ McDiarmid, Roy W., Jonathan A. Campbell, and T'Shaka A. Touré. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, Volume 1. Washington, District of Columbia: Herpetologists' League. 511 pp.
  4. ^ Beolens, Bo, Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Gongylophis muelleri, p. 184).

Further reading[edit]

  • Angel, F. 1938. "Liste des reptiles du Mauritanie recueillis par la mission d'études de la biologie des Acridiens en 1936 et 1937. Description d'une sous-espèce nouvelle d' Eryx muelleri". Bulletin du Muséum national d'histoire naturelle de Paris, Series 2, 10: 485-487. (Eryx muelleri subniger, new subspecies). (in French).
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1892. "Description of a new Snake from Nubia". Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Sixth Series 9: 74-76. (Gongylophis muelleri, new species).
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume I., Containing the Families ... Boidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 448 pp. + Plates I-XXVIII. (Eryx muelleri, new combination, p. 128 + Plate V, figure 2).