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Platyceps afarensis SCHÄTTI & INEICH, 2004

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Afar racer 
SynonymPlatyceps afarensis SCHÄTTI & INEICH 2004
Platyceps afarensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 563 

Type locality: Arta, Djibouti, 11°31'N 42°51'E, approx. 705 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 2001.0650, adult male; paratype: MNHN-RA 2001.0651; collected by personnel of 'CECAP' military site at arta. Collection Date: 1999 (holotype), 2000 (paratype). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Dorsal scales in 21 rows on anterior part of trunk and at midbody, 251-258 ventrals in males (females unknown), 143-144 subcaudals, and 19 maxillary
EtymologyThe species is named after the Afar tribe of Djibouti and adjacent regions. 
  • Schätti, B. & Ineich, I. 2004. A new racer of the genus Platyceps Blyth from Djibouti. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 111 (4): 685-690 - get paper here
  • Stephen Spawls; Tomáš Mazuch& Abubakr Mohammad 2023. Handbook of Amphibians and Reptiles of North-east Africa. Bloomsbury, 640 pp. - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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