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Eryx tataricus (LICHTENSTEIN, 1823)

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Higher TaxaBoidae (Erycinae), Henophidia, Serpentes (snakes) 
SubspeciesEryx tataricus tataricus (LICHTENSTEIN 1823)
Eryx tataricus speciosus CAREVSKY 1916
Eryx tataricus vittatus CHERNOV 1959 
Common NamesE: Tartar Sand Boa
G: Tatarische Sandboa 
SynonymBoa tatarica LICHTENSTEIN 1823: 104
Eryx tataricus ZAREVSKY 1915
Eryx speciosus TSAREVSKY 1915
Eryx miliaris tataricus
Eryx tataricus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 209
Eryx miliaris tataricus — LAMBERT 2002
Eryx tataricus — JONES 2004

Eryx tataricus speciosus CAREVSKY 1916
Eryx tataricus speciosus — JONES 2004
Eryx speciosus — ANANJEVA et al. 2006

Eryx tataricus vittatus CHERNOV 1959
Eryx vittatus — SZCZERBAK 2003
Eryx tataricus vittatus — JONES 2004 
DistributionEast shore of Caspian Sea in Turkmenistan eastward to E Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, E Turkmenistan, N Iran, Afghanistan, W Pakistan,
W China (Xinjiang through Gansu to W Nei Mongol = Inner Mongolia and Ningxia), S Mongolia

speciosus: Pakistan (KHAN 2004); Tajikistan (Vakhsh River valley); Type locality: “Eastern Bukhara” (Vakhsh River valley in Tajikistan)

Type locality: Tataria
Type locality: coast of the Aral Sea (fide KHALIKOV, pers. comm.) Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
TypesTypes: Unlocated. 
CommentDistribution: The northeastern populations of E. tataricus are conspecific with E. miliaris (ESKANDARZADEH et al. 2013).

Similar species: very similar to Eryx miliaris. Reynolds et al. (2014) found that E. tataricus nests within E. miliaris.

Synonymy partly after KHALIKOV & ANANJEVA (pers. comm.).

Distribution: Does not occur in India (I, DAS, pers. comm.). Eryx tataricus vittatus was raised up to species rank by Tokar, 1990 (fide Zhao, Chen & Papenfuss, First Asian Herp. Meeting, Beijing 1993, p.361) 
References
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