Atheris matildae

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Taxonavigation: Viperoidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Serpentes
Infraordo: Caenophidia
Superfamilia: Viperoidea

Familia: Viperidae
Subfamilia: Viperinae
Genus: Atheris
Species: Atheris matildae


Atheris matildae Menegon, Davenport & Howell, 2011

Holotype: MTSN 9344, Adult male collected in a forest fragment in Southern Tanzania, at about 1995 m by Omari Kibure and Obadia Mwaipungu in February 2009; fixed in 70% EtOH, tissue fixed in 90% EtOH.

Type locality: Remote fragmented montane forest in Tanzania's Southern Highlands.

Paratypes: 2 adult males, MTSN 9399 and MTSN 9418 and an immature MTSN 9417 collected in February 2011 at the same locality as the holotype, by Michele Menegon, Tim Davenport and Sophy Machaga.

Additional material: 10 specimens collected at the type locality between March and April 2011 and being kept alive for conservation purposes. 4 are males, 5 are females and 2 are immatures. Among them there is the adult female individual shown in Fig. 3.


  • Menegon, M.; Davenport, T.R.B.; Howell, K.M. 2011: Description of a new and critically endangered species of Atheris (Serpentes: Viperidae) from the Southern Highlands of Tanzania, with an overview of the country’s tree viper fauna. Zootaxa 3120: 43–54. Preview Reference page

Vernacular names[edit]

English: Matilda’s Horned Viper