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


Afro-Asian Black-headed Snakes*

Afro-Asiatische Schwarzkopfnattern

Afro-Asiatiske Sorthovedsnoge*

1880 Micrelaps Boettger (type species: Micrelaps mülleri Boettger 1880)
1888 Elaposchema Mocquard (type species: Elapsoschema vaillanti Mocquard 1888)
Contents: 4 species, none of which are endemic.
Distribution: E. Africa, Middle East
Reported from: Ethiopia, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Uganda.

Micrelaps bicoloratus

Kenya Two-coloured Snake, Kenya Two-headed Snake

Kenianische Schwarzkopfnatter*

Kenyansk Sorthovedsnog*

1908 Micrelaps bicoloratus Sternfeld
2002 Micrelaps bicoloratus moyeri Rasmussen

Remarks: Wallach (1991) proposed bicoloratus to be a synonym of boettgeri (now a synonym of vaillanti).
Distribution: Kenya, Tanzania.

Micrelaps muelleri

Israeli Black-headed Snake*, (Mueller's Ground Viper, Müller's Two-headed Snake)

Israelische Schwarzkopfnatter*

Israelsk Sorthovedsnog*

1880 Micrelaps mülleri Boettger

Distribution: Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria.

Micrelaps tchernovi

Jordanian Black-headed Snake*, (Chernov's Chainling)

Jordanische Schwarzkopfnatter*

Jordansk Sorthovedsnog*

2006 Micrelaps tchernovi Werner, Babocsay, Carmely & Thuna

Distribution: Israel, Jordan.

Micrelaps vaillanti

Somali Black-headed Snake

Somalische Schwarzkopfnatter*

Somalisk Sorthovedsnog*

1888 Elapsoschema vaillanti Mocquard
Calamelaps vaillanti Boettger 1893
Micrelaps vaillanti Boulenger 1896
1896 Micrelaps boettgeri Boulenger (Rasmussen 2002)
1908 Rhinocalamus meleagris Sternfeld (Rasmussen 2002)
1910 Micrelaps nigriceps Sternfeld (Largen & Rasmussen 1993)

Other common names:
boettgeri: Desert Black-headed Snake
Distribution: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda.