Atheris anisolepis

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Atheris anisolepis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Viperidae
Subfamily: Viperinae
Genus: Atheris
Species: A. anisolepis
Binomial name
Atheris anisolepis
Mocquard, 1887
  • Atheris anisolepis - Mocquard, 1887
  • Atheris laeviceps - Boettger, 1887
  • Atheris squamigera anisolepis - Bogert, 1940
  • Atheris anisolepis - Broadley, 1996[1]

Common names: (none).  
Atheris anisolepis is a venomous viper species found in west central Africa.[1] No subspecies are currently recognized.[2]

Geographic range

Found in west central Africa: Gabon, Congo, west DR Congo, north Angola. The type locality given is "d'Alima Lékéti ... Congo (Franceville)." Broadley (1996:41) limited it to "Alima Leketi, Congo" by lectotype designation.[1]


Golay et al. (1993) lists this species as a subspecies of A. squamigera. Lawson and Ustach (2000) go a step further, considering it to be a junior synonym of A. squamigera. Either way, they do not include it in the list of species.[3][4]

See also

Cited references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. 1. Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  2. Atheris anisolepis (TSN 634941) at Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Accessed 24 March 2007.
  3. World of Atheris: Atheris squamigera at
  4. Mallow D, Ludwig D, Nilson G. 2003. True Vipers: Natural History and Toxinology of Old World Vipers. Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, Florida. 359 pp. ISBN 0-89464-877-2.

Other references

  • 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.
  • Golay P, Smith HM, Broadley DG, Dixon JR, McCarthy. Golray P, Schatti J-C, Toriba M. 1993. Endoglyphs and Other Major Venomous Snakes of the World: A Checklist. New York: Springer-Verlag. 393 pp.

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