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Platyceps elegantissimus (GÜNTHER, 1878)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Elegant Racer
G: Bracht-Zornnatter 
SynonymZamensis elegantissimus GÜNTHER 1878: 977
Zamensis elegantissimus — BOULENGER 1893: 402
Coluber elegantissimus — MARX 1968
Haemorrhois elegantissimus — WELCH
Coluber elegantissimus — SCHÄTTI & WILSON 1986
Coluber elegantissimus — WERNER 191: 39
Platyceps elegantissimus — VENCHI & SINDACO 2006
Platyceps elegantissimus — BAR & HAIMOVITCH 2012
Platyceps elegantissimus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 564 
DistributionIsrael, SW Jordan, Saudi Arabia

Type locality: east of Al Muwaylih (NW Saudi Arabia). Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.15.7, a 660 mm female (R. Burton). 
Commentvery similar to C. thomasi 
References
  • Al-Quran, S. 2009. The Herpetofauna of the Southern Jordan. American-Eurasian J. Agric. & Environ. Sci., 6 (4): 385-391 [this journal has a dubious record, see http://goo.gl/81SBPv]
  • BABOCSAY, G. & TALBI, R. & SHACHAM, B. & SELIGMANN, H. 2009. Nocturnal or diurnal? Notes on the daily activity pattern and life history of the Middle Eastern Elegant Racer Platyceps elegantissimus (GÜNTHER, 1878). Herpetozoa 22: - get paper here
  • Bar, Aviad and Guy Haimovitch 2012. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Israel. Pazbar LTD, 246 pp. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Corkill, N. L. and Cochrane, J. A. 1966. The snakes of the Arabian Peninsula and Socotra. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 62 (3): 475-506 (1965) - get paper here
  • Disi, A.M.; Modry, D.; Necas, P. & Rifai, L. 2001. Amphibians and reptiles of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 408 pp.
  • Egan, D. 2007. Snakes of Arabia. Motivate Publishing, Dubai, 208 pp.
  • Gasperetti, J. 1977. Snakes in Arabia. Journal of the Saudi Arabian Natural History Society 19: 346.
  • Günther, A. 1878. On reptiles from Midian collected by Major Burton. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1878: 977-978 - get paper here
  • Leviton,A.E.; Anderson,S.C.; Adler, K.; Minton,S.A. 1992. Handbook to Middle East Amphibians and Reptiles. SSAR, Oxford, Ohio (Contr. to Herpetol. No. 8), 1-252
  • Marx,Hymen 1968. Checklist of the reptiles and amphibians of Egypt. Spec. Publ. U.S. Nav. Med. Res. Unit 3: 1-91
  • Schätti B; Wilson L D 1986. Coluber Linnaeus. Holarctic racers. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles ( 399: 1-4 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, Roberto; Riccardo Nincheri, Benedetto Lanza 2014. Catalogue of Arabian reptiles in the collections of the “La Specola” Museum, Florence. Scripta Herpetologica. Studies on Amphibians and Reptiles in honour of Benedetto Lanza: pp. 137-164 - get paper here
  • Sivan, Naomi 1995. Two snake species added to the herpetofaunal list of Israel. Hardun 1995 (6): 13-23;82-81
  • 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.
  • Werner Y L. 1991. Notable herpetofaunal records from Transjordan. Zoology in the Middle East 5: 37-42 - get paper here
 
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