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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 Boidae
Bibliography of the genus Acrantophis
Biodiversity of the family Boidae


Madagascar Ground Boas



1844 Pelophilus Dumeril & Bibron [not Pelophilus Tschudi 1838 (Amphibia)] (type species: Pelophilus madagascariensis Dumeril & Bibron 1844)
1860 Acrantophis Jan in Jan & Sordelli (type species: Acrantophis dumerili Jan 1860)
Contents: 2 species, both of which are endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Remarks: Kluge (1991b) regarded Acrantophis and Sanzinia as synonyms of Boa, however, validity of both genera was demonstrated by Vences, Glaw, Kosuch, Böhme & Vieth (2001). Placed in a separate family, Sanziniidae, by Pyron, Reynolds & Burbrink (2014).
Distribution: Madagascar (incl. Nosy Be).

Acrantophis dumerili

Western Madagascar Ground Boa, (Dumeril's Boa)

Südliche Madagaskarboa

Vestlig Madagascar-jordboa, (Dumerils Boa)

1860 Acrantophis Dumerili Jan
Boa dumerilii Boulenger 1893
Acrantophis madagascariensis dumerili Stull 1935

Remarks: Occurrence in Reunion in the Mascarene Islands (e.g., Guibe 1958; Stimson 1969; McDiarmid, Campbell & Touré 1999) has not been confirmed and is presumably erroneous (Wallach & Glaw 2009).
Distribution: Madagascar.

Acrantophis dumerili
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Acrantophis madagascariensis

Eastern Madagascar Ground Boa

Nördliche Madagaskarboa

Østlig Madagascar-jordboa

1844 Pelophilus madagascariensis Dumeril & Bibron
Boa madagascariensis Boulenger 1893
Acrantophis madagascariensis Stull 1935

Distribution: Madagascar (incl. Nosy Be).