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Lytorhynchus levitoni TORKI, 2017

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLytorhynchus levitoni TORKI 2017
Rhynchocalamus levitoni — RAJABIZADEH 2018 
DistributionSW Iran (Illam)

Type locality: 1200-1400 m a.s.l. on the western slope of the Kabi-Koh mountains, Abdanan region, Illam Province, south- western Iran (33°02’N, 47°18’E).  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MTD 49319, Adult male, leg. F. Torki on 31.v.2016, The specimen has been marked MTD (Senckenberg Naturhistorische Sammlungen, Museum für Tierkunde, Dresden, Germany), where it will be deposited. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A species of the genus Lytorhynchus, characterised by (1) rostral truncate, (2) high number of ventral and subcaudal scales (227, 69), (3) 1 preocular, 1 postocular, and temporals 1+1, (4) 15 longitudinal rows of dorsal scales at midbody, (5) without pattern on dorsal or ventral portions of body and tail except for one V-shaped band on neck and dark markings on the head. 
Comment 
EtymologyThe species name honours Professor Alan E. Leviton for his great contribution to herpetology in the Middle East. 
References
  • Rajabizadeh, M. 2017. Snakes of Iran. [in Farsi] Tehran: Iranshenasi, 496 pp. - get paper here
  • 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
 
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