Eristicophis macmahoni ALCOCK & FINN, 1897
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|Higher Taxa||Viperidae, Viperinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: McMahons Desert Viper, Asian sand viper|
|Synonym||Eristicophis macmahonii ALCOCK & FINN 1897: 564|
Eristicophis mcmahoni — WALL 1911: 1042
Eristicophis macmahoni — SMITH 1943: 493
Eristicophis macmahoni — WELCH 1994: 63
Eristicophis macmahonii— MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 382
Eristicophis macmahoni — PHELPS 2010
Eristicophis macmahoni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 284
|Distribution||E Iran, S Afghanistan, W Pakistan|
Type locality: Amirchah, 3300 feet elevation; Zeh, 2500 feet elevation; Drana Koh; Robat I., 4300 feet elevation.
|Types||syntypes: ZSI 14179–84|
|Diagnosis||Original diagnosis (genus): “Head very distinct from neck, covered with small feebly-imbricate scales: eye small, with vertical pupil, separated from the labials by small scales: nostril directed upwards and outwards, forming a valve-like slit at the summit of an enlarged nasal, the nasal separated from the rostral by an enlarged rostro-nasal shield. Body cylindrical, scales in 23 to 24 rows, with simple (i.e., non-serrated) keels, the keels not extending to the tip of the scales: lateral scales varying in size, not or hardly smaller than the dorsals, and hardly oblique: ventrals with a well-defined keel on either side. Tail short, sub-caudals in two rows.” (from Alcock & Finn 1897: 564).|
Type species: Eristicophis macmahonii ALCOCK & FINN 1897: 564 is the type species of the genus Eristicophis ALCOCK & FINN 1897.
Phylogenetics: for a recent phylogeny of this and related Viperinae see Šmíd & Tolley 2019.
Distribution: For a map see Sindaco et al. 2013.
|Etymology||named after Captain McMahon, C.I.E., British Commissioner, who helped with collecting specimens.|
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