Spuigslang Fontein (confluence of Vaal and Orange Rivers), South Africa.
Several genetic studies indicate that present species represents a single, deep branch in phylogenetic tree of present genus, only very distantly related to the other scarlet gonoleks; one study#R indicates that this colourful species may be sister to the all-black W & C African L. leucorhynchus. Until recently regarded as being close to L. erythrogaster, and was sometimes considered conspecific (calls apparently identical, and responds to voice playback of latter). Monotypic.
Kalahari Basin and adjoining hardveld regions: S Angola, SW Zambia and W & S Zimbabwe S to Namibia (except W & S: Namib and Karoo), Botswana (except parts of N & C) and N & C South Africa (N & C Limpopo Province S to N Northern Cape and NW Free State).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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