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Citation: Midtgaard, Rune. RepFocus - A Survey of the Reptiles of the World. (www.repfocus.dk).
Latest update: December 31st, 2022.

Taxonomy of the family Elapidae [terrestrial species]
Bibliography of the genus Aspidelaps
Biodiversity of the family Elapidae [terrestrial species]


Shield-nosed Cobras, Shield Cobras, African Coral Snakes

Schildnasenkobras, Schildkobras, Scheinkobras


1843 Aspidelaps Fitzinger (type species: Natrix lubrica Laurenti 1768)
1849 Cyrtophis Sundevall in Smith (type species: Cyrtophis scutatus Smith 1849)
Contents: 2 species, none of which are endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Distribution: S. Africa.
Reported from: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa (Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West Province, Northern Cape, Western Cape), Zimbabwe.

Aspidelaps lubricus

African Coral Snake, South African Coral Snake, Coral Shield Cobra, Coral Cobra

Westliche Schildnasenkobra, Kapschildnasenkobra, Südafrikanische Korallenschlange

Vestlig Koralkobra

1768 Natrix lubrica Laurenti
Elaps lubricus Merrem 1820
Naja lubrica Schlegel 1837
Aspidelaps lubricus Smith 1849
1803 Coluber latonia Daudin (Golay & al. 1993)
1826 Naja somersetta Smith (Golay & al. 1993)
1940 Aspidelaps lubricus cowlesi Bogert
1954 Aspidelaps lubricus infuscatus Mertens (Broadley & Baldwin 2005)

Other common names:
cowlesi: Namibian Shield Cobra, Angolan Coral Snake
infuscatus: Southwestern Coral Snake, West African Coral Snake
lubricus: Coral Shield Cobra, Cape Coral Snake
Distribution: Angola, Namibia, South Africa (Eastern Cape, Free State, Northern Cape, Western Cape).

Aspidelaps scutatus

Shield-nosed Coral Snake, Common Shield Cobra, Shield-nosed Snake, Shield Snake, (Shield-nosed Cobra)

Östliche Schildnasenkobra

Østlig Koralkobra

1849 Cyrtophis scutatus Smith
Aspidelaps scutatus Jan 1863
1849 Naia fula-fula Bianconi
Aspidelaps scutatus fulafulus Broadley 1968
1954 Aspidelaps scutatus bachrani Mertens (Golay & al. 1993)
1968 Aspidelaps scutatus intermedius Broadley

Other common names:
fulafulus: Eastern Shield Cobra, Mozambique Shield-nosed Snake, Eastern Shield-nosed Snake
intermedius: Lowveld Shield Cobra, Transvaal Shield-nosed Snake, Intermediate Shield-nosed Snake
scutatus: Kalahari Shield Cobra, South African Shield-nosed Snake
Distribution: Botswana, Eswatini, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa (Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West Province, Northern Cape), Zimbabwe.