A new species of Atheris (Serpentes: Viperidae) from northern Mozambique




A new species of forest viper (Atheris Serpentes: Viperidae) is described from Mount Mabu and Mount Namuli, northern Mozambique. This is the most southerly record of the genus, and the first record from Mozambique. Features of scalation, colour, body form and behaviour distinguish the new species from all other African Atheris, particularly its small size (maximum total length 384mm), retention of juvenile colouration in adults, and relatively low ventral, subcaudal and labial scale counts. It appears to be a dwarf, possibly paedomorphic, species that feeds among leaf litter on small frogs and geckos.


ZOOTAXA






- Nampula;
- Zambézia


- Inglês


- Nenhuma restrição


- Biodiversidade Florestal;
- Biodiversidade de montanha;
- Outra biodiversidade terrestre


- Artigo com revisão pelos pares e teses universitárias


- Identificação, Monitoria, Indicadores e Avaliações


- Nenhuma / Não aplicável



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