Sunday, December 18, 2011

[Herpetology • 2000] A Redescription of Atheris squamigera (Hallowell, 1854) • widespread species of Central Africa

We provide a redescription of the holotype of Atheris squamigera (Hallowell), which previously was reported as lost We show that characters used to differentiate A. anisolepis Mocquard are either present in the holotype of A. squamigera (a male), or are sexually dimorphic traits found in female A. squamigera. We consider A. anisolepis to be a junior synonym of A. squamigera.

Lawson DP, Ustach PC. 2000. A Redescription of Atheris squamigera (Serpentes: Viperidae) with comments on the validity of Atheris anisolepis. Journal of Herpetology (Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles) 34(3):386-9.