Dasypeltis bazi SALEH & SARHAN, 2016
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Dasypeltis bazi?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Egyptian egg-eating snake, Baz’ egg-eating snake|
|Synonym||Dasypeltis bazi SALEH & SARHAN 2016|
Dasypeltis scabra — ANDERSON 1898
Dasypeltis scabra — FLOWER 1933
Dasypeltis scabra — MARX 1968
Dasypeltis scabra — SALEH 1997
Dasypeltis scabra — REHÁK & OSBOURNE 1998
Dasypeltis scabra — BAHA EL DIN 2006.
Dasypeltis cf. scabra — SINDACO et al. 2013
Dasypeltis cf. scabra — GENIEZ 2015
Dasypeltis bazi — BATES & BROADLEY 2018: 18
Type locality: Abu-Gandir, Faiyum Governorate, Egypt (29°15’ 12’’ N, 30°40 ́35’’ E
|Types||Holotype: AUZC R09458, adult female (Al Azhar University Zoological Collection), (Fig. 3 in Saleh & Sarhan 2016), Collected September 2009.|
Paratypes: Seven specimens, all collected in central Faiyum, in the general vicinity of the village of Ibshwai, Egypt (Tab. I).
|Comment||This is the isolated Egyptian population previously referred to as D. scabra.|
Mimicry: Appears to mimic Echis pyramidum which has a similar color pattern (Bates & Broadley 2018).
Diet: eggs; birds nesting in Faiyum whose eggs may be consumed by D. bazi include 32 species. Most of these birds breed from March through June, but some start in February, and a few breed until October (Saleh & Sarhan 2016).
|Etymology||The species is named in honor of the late Dr. Mohamed Nour El-Din El-Baz who|
contributed to an earlier version of this paper before his untimely death.
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