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"Atheris katangensis"

Atheris katangensis. (2009, February 11). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:31, January 27, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Atheris_katangensis&oldid=270060511

Atheris katangensis is a venomous viper species endemic to DR Congo. Found only in a limited area in the east of the country.[2] No subspecies are currently recognized.[5]

Attains a maximum length of only 40 cm, making this the smallest member of the genus Atheris.[2]

The head is flat, triangular, distinct from the neck and covered with small keeled scales. The snout is rounded. Midbody there are 24-31 rows of dorsal scales. The tail is short. Males and females have 45-59 and 38-42 subcaudal scales respectively.[2]

The color pattern consists of a purple-brown or yellow-brown ground color, overlaid with paired dorsolateral lines of a contrasting shade. These lines may break into a zigzag pattern and run from head to tail. The belly is yellowish, as it the tip of the tail.[2]

Shaba bush viper, [2][3] Katanga Mountain bush viper,[4] Upemba bush viper, Katanga bush viper, [6] Katanga tree viper.[7]

Restricted to Upemba National Park, Shaba Province in eastern DR Congo. The type locality given is "Mubale-Munte (région du confluent), sous-affluent st de la rive droite de la Lufira [alt. 1480], Park National de l'Upemba."[1]

Gallery forest along rivers at altitudes between 1200 and 1500 meters.[3]

Atheris katangensis. (2009, February 11). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:31, January 27, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Atheris_katangensis&oldid=270060511

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