Schouteden's sun snake

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Schouteden's sun snake
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Natricinae
Genus: Helophis
de Witte & Laurent, 1942
Species:
H. schoutedeni
Binomial name
Helophis schoutedeni
(de Witte, 1922)
Synonyms[1]
  • Pelophis schoutedeni
    de Witte, 1922
  • Helophis schoutedeni
    — de Witte & Laurent, 1942

Schouteden's sun snake (Helophis schoutedeni ) is a species of snake in the subfamily Natricinae of the family Colubridae. The species, which is monotypic in the genus Helophis, is endemic to Central Africa.

Etymology[edit]

The specific name, schoutedeni, is in honor of Belgian zoologist Henri Schouteden.[2]

Geographic range[edit]

H. schoutedeni is found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Republic of the Congo.[1]

Description[edit]

The holotype of H. schoutedeni has a total length of 540 mm (21 in), which includes a tail 81 mm (3.2 in) long.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Species Helophis schoutedeni at The Reptile Database . www.reptile-database.org.
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Helophis schoutedeni, p. 237).
  3. ^ de Witte (1922).

Further reading[edit]

  • de Witte G-F (1922). "Description d'un ophidien nouveau récolté au Congo par le Dr Schouteden ". Revue zoologique africaine 10: 318-319. (Pelophis, new genus, p. 318; Pelophis schoutedeni, new species, pp. 318-319). (in French).
  • de Witte G-F, Laurent RF (1942). "Contribution à la faune herpétologique du Congo belge ". Revue de zoologie et de botanique africaines 36 (2): 101-115. (Helophis, new genus; Helophis schoutedeni, new combination). (in French).
  • Nagy, Zoltán T.; Gvoždík, Václav; Meirte, Danny; Collet, Marcel; Pauwels, Olivier S.G. (2014). "New data on the morphology and distribution of the enigmatic Schouteden's sun snake, Helophis schoutedeni (de Witte, 1922) from the Congo Basin". Zootaxa 3755 (1): 96-100.