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Taxonomy of the family Lamprophiidae
Bibliography of the genus Mehelya
Biodiversity of the family Lamprophiidae








Genus
Mehelya

Greater File Snakes

Große Feilennattern*

Kæmpefilsnoge*

1903 Grobbenia Poche [not Grobbenia Holdhaus 1903 (Coleoptera); substitute name for Simocephalus Gray in Günther 1858] (type species (erroneously): Heterolepis poensis Smith 1847)
1903 Mehelya Csiki [substitute name for Grobbenia Poche 1903]
1904 Siebenrockia Poche [substitute name for Grobbenia Poche 1903]
Contents: 5 species, of which 3 (60.0%) are endemic.
Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of Gonionotophis (Kelly, Branch, Broadley, Barker & Villet 2011), but subsequently revalidated as a separate genus by Broadley, Tolley, Conradie, Wishart, Trape, Burger, Kusamba, Zassi-Boulou & Greenbaum (2018). Formerly included the species now assigned to Gracililima and Limaformosa.
Distribution: Equatorial Africa.
Reported from: Angola (incl. Cabinda), Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Equatorial Guinea (Bioko, Rio Muni), Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Uganda.

Mehelya egbensis

Egbe File Snake, Egbe Burrowing File Snake

Egbe-Feilennatter*

Egbe-filsnog*

1966 Mehelya egbensis Dunger
Gonionotophis egbensis Kelly, Branch, Broadley, Barker & Villet 2011

Distribution: Nigeria.


Mehelya gabouensis

Gabou File Snake

Gabou-Feilennatter*

Gabou-filsnog*

2005 Mehelya gabouensis Trape & Mane
Gonionotophis gabouensis Kelly, Branch, Broadley, Barker & Villet 2011

Distribution: Senegal.


Mehelya laurenti

Congolese File Snake*, (Laurent's File Snake)

Kongolesische Feilennatter*

Congofilsnog*

1959 Mehelya laurenti Witte
Gonionotophis laurenti Kelly, Branch, Broadley, Barker & Villet 2011

Distribution: Congo-Kinshasa.


Mehelya poensis

Western Forest File Snake, Equatorial File Snake, Bioko File Snake

Westliche Wald-Feilennatter*

Vestlig Skovfilsnog*

1847 Heterolepis poensis Smith
Simocephalus poensis Günther 1858
Grobbenia poensis Poche 1903
Mehelya poensis Lönnberg 1910
Gonionotophis poensis Kelly, Branch, Broadley, Barker & Villet 2011
1854 Heterolepis bicarinatus Duméril & Bibron (Loveridge 1939, 1957)

Distribution: Angola (incl. Cabinda), Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Equatorial Guinea (Bioko, Rio Muni), Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Togo, Uganda.


Mehelya stenophthalmus

Small-eyed File Snake, Cape Lopez File Snake

Kleinäugige Feilennatter*

Småøjet Filsnog*

1887 Heterolepis stenophthalmus Mocquard
Simocephalus stenophthalmus Boulenger 1893
Mehelya stenophthalmus Werner 1929
Gonionotophis stenophthalmus Kelly, Branch, Broadley, Barker & Villet 2011
1911 Gonionotophis microps Boulenger (Loveridge 1939; Chippaux 2001)

Distribution: Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Togo, Uganda.