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Latest update: December 31st, 2022.

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


African Slug Eaters

Afrikanische Schneckenfresser

Afrikanske Sneglesnoge

1826 Duberria Fitzinger (type species: Coluber arctiventris Daudin 1803)
1830 Homalosoma Wagler (type species: Coluber arctiventris Daudin 1803)
1833 Brachyblemma Wagler [substitute name for Duberria 1826]
Contents: 3 species, none of which are endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Distribution: SubSaharan Africa.
Reported from: Burundi, Congo-Kinshasa, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa (Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West Province, Western Cape), Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater, Russet Slug Eater

Gewöhnliche Schneckenfresser

Almindelig Sneglesnog

1758 Coluber lutrix Linnaeus
Homalosoma lutrix Duméril & Bibron 1854
Duberria lutrix Loveridge 1933
1790 Coluber duberria Merrem (Broadley 1983)
1802 Coluber tetragonus Latreille (Broadley 1983)
1803 Coluber arctiventris Daudin (Broadley 1983)
Duberria arctiventris Fitzinger 1826
Homalosoma arctiventris Wagler 1830
Calamaria arctiventris Schlegel 1837
1804 Coluber erathon Hermann (Broadley 1983)
1868 Cyclophis catenatus Theobald (Broadley 1983)
1894 Homalosoma abyssinicum Boulenger
Duberria lutrix abyssinicum Bogert 1940
1958 Duberria lutrix rhodesiana Broadley
Duberria rhodesiana Broadley & Blaylock 2013
1961 Duberria lutrix basilewskyi Skelton-Bourgeois

Other common names:
abyssinica: Abyssinian Slug Eater, Ethiopian Slug Eater
basilewskyi: Ngorongoro Slug Eater
lutrix: South African Slug Eater, Southern Slug Eater
rhodesiana: Zimbabwean Slug Eater
Remarks: Previously included shirana. The various isolated populations or subspecies of lutrix probably represent separate species (Broadley & Blaylock 2013).
Distribution: Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa (Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West Province, Western Cape), Tanzania, Zimbabwe.

Duberria shirana

Shire Slug Eater



1894 Homalosoma shiranum Boulenger
Duberria lutrix shiranum Loveridge 1933
Duberria shirana Broadley, Doria & Wigge 2003
1912 Homalosoma lutrix atriventris Sternfeld (tentative synonym)
Duberria lutrix atriventris Laurent 1956
1956 Duberria lutrix curry-lindali Laurent (tentative synonym)

Other common names:
atriventris: Black-bellied Slug Eater
Remarks: Revalidated as a separate species by Broadley, Doria & Wigge (2003).
Distribution: Burundi, Congo-Kinshasa, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.

Duberria variegata

Spotted Slug Eater, Variegated Slug Eater, Northern Slug Eater

Gefleckte Schneckenfresser

Plettet Sneglesnog

1854 Homalosoma variegatum Peters
Duberria variegata Loveridge 1944

Distribution: Mozambique, South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal).