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Micrelaps tchernovi WERNER, 2006

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Tchernov' s Chainling 
SynonymMicrelaps tchernovi WERNER in WERNER, BABOCSAY, CARMELY & THUNA 2006
Micrelaps tchernovi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 438
Micrelaps tchernovi — MEIRI et al. 2019 
DistributionIsrael, Jordan

Type locality: central Jordan Valley  
TypesHolotype: HUJ 16864, female 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A Micrelaps differing from M. muelleri in that the black cross-bands fail to reach the ventraIs, being saddle-like (in M. muelleri the cross-bands form rings); higher average number of cross-bands - 58 (in M. muelleri 45); and usually they are less wide than the light intervals (in M. muelleri usually wider than the intervals). Ventral colouration uniformly black throughout most of the body and tail (in M. muelleri at least some of the black rings are noticed also ventrally) [from WERNER et al. 2006]. 
Etymologynamed after the collector of the holotype, Prof. Eitan Tchernov, 16 September 1935 - 13 December 2002, co-founder of the Department of Evolution, Systematics and Ecology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 
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  • Werner, Y.L.; Babocsay, G.; Carmely, H. & Thuna, M. 2006. Micrelaps in the southern Levant: variation, sexual dimorphism, and a new species (Serpentes: Atractaspididae. Zoology in the Middle East 38: 29-48 - get paper here
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