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Lytorhynchus gasperetti LEVITON, 1977

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesLeviton's Leafnose Snake 
SynonymLytorhynchus gasperetti LEVITON 1977
Lytorhynchus gasperetti — WALLACH et al. 2014: 416 
DistributionSaudi Arabia

Type locality: Khasawiyah (16°56'N, 42°37'E), Saudi Arabia Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: CAS 134150
Paratype: CAS 136477 
CommentDiagnosis: A member of the "diadema" group of the genus (Leviton and Anderson, 1970,p. 257) having the rostral broadly truncate, as broad at its base asitswidth atits anterior- most projection; color pattern consist- ing of 1) a vertebral row of 33 longi- tudinally rectangular white bars, each narrowly edged by black and connected to one another by a middorsal series of lighter brownish blotches (most prominent on the anterior half of the body), 2) a lateral row of brownish blotches, each lateral blotch centered beneath thewhite vertebral bar and 3) a ventrolateral series of smaller dark blotches on theouter two scale rows that alternate inposition with the lateral markings; dorsal scales moderately keeled; ventrals: male 157, female 165. 
Etymologynamed after the collector of the type, John Gasperetti (1920-2001), engineer and surveyor of various companies and governments in the Middle East and Field Associate of the Department of Herpetology of the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. 
References
  • Egan, D. 2007. Snakes of Arabia. Motivate Publishing, Dubai, 208 pp.
  • Leviton A E 1977. A new lytorhynchid snake. JOURNAL OF THE SAUDI ARABIAN NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY (No. 19): 16-25
  • Torki, Farhang 2017. Description of a new species of Lytorhynchus (Squamata: Colubridae) from Iran. Zoology in the Middle East 63 (2): 109, DOI: 10.1080/09397140.2017.1299319 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
 
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