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Atractaspis scorteccii PARKER, 1949

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Atractaspidinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesSomali Burrowing Asp, Mole Viper 
SynonymAtractaspis scorteccii PARKER 1949: 109
Atractaspis scorteccii — WELCH 1994: 23
Atractaspis scorteccii — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 581
Atractaspis scorteccii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 67 
DistributionSomalia, Ethiopia

Type locality: “Haud, Somalia”  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1949.2.3.9, an 840 mm male. 
CommentVenomous! 
Etymologynamed after Prof. Giuseppe Scortecci, 1898-1973, Italian herpetologist. See Tortonese 1974 for an obituary. 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Dobiey, M. & Vogel, G. 2007. Venomous Snakes of Africa - Giftschlangen Afrikas. Edition Chimaira, Terralog 15, 150 pp. - get paper here
  • Lanza, B. 1990. Amphibians and reptiles of the Somali Democratic Republic: check list and biogeography. Biogeographia, 14: 407-465 [1988]
  • Lanza,B. 1983. A list of the Somali amphibians and reptiles. MONITORE ZOOLOGICO ITALIANO, new Ser., SUPPL. 18 (8): 193-247
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 694 pp.
  • Largen,M.J. & Rasmussen,J.B. 1993. Catalogue of the snakes of Ethiopia (Reptilia Serpentes), including identification keys. Tropical Zoology 6: 313-434 - get paper here
  • Mazuch, Tomáš 2013. Amphibians and Reptiles of Somaliland and Eastern Ethiopia. Tomáš Mazuch Publishing, 80 pp. ISBN: 978-80-905439-0-4 - get paper here
  • Parker,H.W. 1949. The snakes of Somaliland and the Sokotra islands. Zoologische Verhandelingen 6: 1-115 - get paper here
  • Tortonese, E. 1974. Prof. Giuseppe Scortecci 1898-1973. Copeia 1974 (1): 294 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
 
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