Atheris mabuensis, the Mount Mabu forest viper,[2] is a species of venomous snake in the family Viperidae. The species is endemic to Mozambique.[1][3]

Atheris mabuensis
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Viperidae
Genus: Atheris
A. mabuensis
Binomial name
Atheris mabuensis



During his second reconnaissance visit to Mount Mabu (23–26 January 2006) Dr. Julian Bayliss found a very young forest viper in leaf litter on the floor of closed-canopy wet forest on Mount Mabu at approximately 1,000 m (3,300 ft). On examination in the Port Elizabeth Museum (BayWorld, acronym PEM) herpetological collection by Prof. Bill Branch, the specimen was identified as a member of the genus Atheris, which had never previously been recorded from Mozambique and which, moreover, represented a substantial southern range extension for the genus.


  1. ^ a b Tolley, K.A.; Farooq, H.; Verburgt, L.; Alexander, G.J.; Conradie, W.; Raimundo, A.; Sardinha, C.I.V. (2019). "Atheris mabuensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2019: e.T44980150A44980152. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T44980150A44980152.en. Retrieved 5 September 2021.
  2. ^ a b Branch WR & Bayliss J (2009). "A new species of Atheris (Serpentes: Viperidae) from northern Mozambique". Zootaxa. 2113: 41–54. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.2113.1.2.
  3. ^ Atheris mabuensis at the Reptile Database. Accessed 5 September 2021.