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Gloydius rickmersi WAGNER, TIUTENKO, BORKIN & SIMONOV, 2015

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Higher TaxaViperidae, Crotalinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymGloydius rickmersi WAGNER, TIUTENKO, BORKIN & SIMONOV 2015
Gloydius rickmersi — KWET 2017 

Type locality: Kul-Otek at the Sary-Buka Valley in Kyrgyzstan, about 25 km (by air) NE of Daroot-Korgon (Chong-Alai District) near the town Kyzyl-Eshme in direction to the Shuman-Bol pass and the Kichi-Alai River at an elevation of 3000 m [N 39.622132, E 72.284010]  
TypesHolotype: unlocated
Holotype. ZMB 80360 [field no. PW P069], adult female, collected on 4.VIII.2013, at about 19.00 h and purchased by local boys to Philipp Wagner.
Paratypes. MHNG 2745.46 (field no. PW P070), two pieces of a subadult female from the same area as the holotype but about 200 m higher in elevation, collected as dead body on 7.VIII.2013 by Philipp Wagner. MHNG 2752.70, roadkilled at Kul-Otek near to one from Kyzyl-Eshme, collected as dead body by Glib Mazepa. MHNG 2752.69, roadkilled at the northern slope of the Alai ridge, Ten- gizbai River, Kichelay [N39.755, E72.202], 2798 m, collected by Spartak Litvinchuk. ZSM 211/2014, a juvenile male from the same area as the holotype but lower in elevation towards the entrance of the valley to the main Alai valley, collected as dead body on the road on 16.VIII.2013 by Arthur Tiutenko. 
CommentThe description of this species was published online on 31 Dec 2015 even though the pdf says “2016”. 
EtymologyNearly 50 years after his death, this species is named in honor to Willi Rickmer Rickmers for his contributions to our knowledge about the Alai and Pamir regions and his outstanding work as organizer of the first German-Russian expedition to this area. 
  • Davletbakov, A. T.; L. A. Kustareva, D. A. Milko, A. N. Ostastshenko, S. S. Sagymbaev, S. A. Toropov, N. V. Trotchenko 2015. Genetical Fund Cadastre of Kyrgyz Republic. Vol. IV. Phylum Chordata (chordates). Bishkek, 128 p. + XXXVI color tables - get paper here
  • Kwet, Axel 2017. Neue Arten: Liste der im Jahr 2016 neu beschriebenen Reptilien Terraria-Elaphe 2017 (3): 54-70 - get paper here
  • Wagner, Philipp; Tiutenko, Arthur; Mazepa, Glib; Borkin, Leo J.; Simonov, Evgeniy 2015. Alai! Alai! – a new species of the Gloydius halys (Pallas, 1776) complex (Viperidae, Crotalinae), including a brief review of the complex. Amphibia-Reptilia 37 (published 31 Dec 2015) DOI: 10.1163/15685381-00003026 - get paper here
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