n African Journal of Herpetology - A review of the species of Boie found south of latitude 12° S (Serpentes : Psammophiinae) : original article

Volume 51, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2156-4574
  • E-ISSN: 2153-3660
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The status, relationships and zoogeography of the 14 taxa of &lt;I&gt;Psammophis&lt;/I&gt; found south of Latitude 12° S are reviewed and the following taxonomic changes are proposed: <BR>1. <I>Psammophis trinasalis&lt;/I&gt; and <I>P. namibensis</I>, previously treated as subspecies of <I>P. leightoni</I>, are recognised as good evolutionary species which show ecological differences. <BR>2. <I>Psammophis orientalis</I>, previously regarded as a subspecies of <I>P. subtaeniatus</I>, differs from the latter in a suite of characters and is parapatric with it in Zimbabwe, so it is now recognised as an evolutionary species. <BR>3. <I>Psammophis brevirostris&lt;/I&gt; and <I>P. leopardinus</I>, previously regarded as subspecies of <I>P. sibilans</I> (Linnaeus), are recognised as relict evolutionary species. The Zambian populations previously assigned to <I>P. leopardinus&lt;/I&gt; have been described as a new species (Hughes & Wade, in press).

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