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Platyceps florulentus (GEOFFROY-ST-HILAIRE, 1827)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesPlatyceps florulentus florulentus (GEOFFROY 1827)
Platyceps florulentus keniensis (PARKER 1932)
Platyceps florulentus perreti (SCHÄTTI 1988) 
Common NamesE: Flowered Racer, Geoffroys’ Racer
G: Ägyptische Zornnatter 
SynonymColuber florulentus GEOFFROY 1827: 146, 151
Zamenis florulentus — DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 693
Zamenis florulentus — BOULENGER 1893: 402
Zamenis florulentus — CALABRESI 1925
Coluber florulentus — LOVERIDGE 1936
Coluber florulentus florulentus — LOVERIDGE 1955
Coluber florulentus —SCHÄTTI & WILSON 1986
Haemorrhois florulentus — MEIRTE 1992
Coluber florulentus — LARGEN & RASMUSSEN 1993
Haemorrhois florulentus — LEBRETON 1999
Platyceps florulentus — NAGY et al. 2004
Platyceps florulentus — SCHLÜTER 2005
Platyceps florulentus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 564
Platyceps florulentus — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 478

Platyceps florulentus keniensis (PARKER 1932)
Coluber keniensis PARKER 1932: 220
Coluber keniensis — SCHÄTTI & WILSON 1986
Haemorrhois florulentus keniensis — MEIRTE 1992

Platyceps florulentus perreti (SCHÄTTI 1988)
Haemorrhois florulentus perreti — CHIRIO & LEBRETON 2007
Platyceps florulentus perreti — TRAPE & BALDÉ 2014: 323
Platyceps perreti — SCHÄTTI 2014: 384 
DistributionEgypt (North Sinai [HR 32: 59]), Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon

keniensis: Type locality: Lake Baringo

perreti: Cameroon, Nigeria

Type locality: Egypt 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.
TypesHolotype: probably lost fide SCHÄTTI 1988. 
CommentDistribution: Not explicitely listed by SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996. The author is “GEOFFROY 1809: 67” fide DUMÉRIL et al. 1854. Reports from Libya represent Hemorrhois algirus or possibly P. rogersi (Bauer et al. 2017).

Subspecies: Schätti 2014: 384 elevated perreti to full species. However, the only difference he mentions is that perreti has 25 dorsals (vs. 27-29 in the Platyceps florulentus complex, if I [PU] understand this correctly -- the whole text is pretty convoluted :( 
  • Bauer, Aaron M.; Jonathan C. DeBoer , Dylan J. Taylor 2017. Atlas of the Reptiles of Libya. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 64 (8): 155-318 - get paper here
  • Bons, J. 1962. Notes sur trois couleuvres africaines: Coluber algirus, Coluber florulentus et Coluber hippocrepis. Description de Coluber algirus villiersi subsp. nov. Bull. Soc. Sci. nat. Maroc 42: 61-86.
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G. 1994. A collection of snakes from eastern Sudan, with the description of a new species of Telescopus Wagler, 1830 (Reptilia: Ophidia). Journal of African Zoology 108 (2): 201-208.
  • Broadley,D.G. & Schätti,B. 2000. A new species of Coluber from northern Namibia (Reptilia: Serpentes). Madoqua 19 (2): 171-174 [1997]
  • Calabresi,E. 1925. Anfibi e rettili raccolti dal Signor Ugo Ignesti nell'Abissinia settentrionale. Atti della Società Italiana di Scienze Naturali, e del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Milano 64: 100-109
  • Geoffroy, l. 1827. Description des Reptiles. In: Savigny, M. J. C. L. de, Description de l’Égypte... Vol. l. Histoire Naturelle. Paris, L’imprimerie impériale. pp. 121-160 (115-184) [1809?] - get paper here
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 694 pp.
  • Largen,M.J. & Rasmussen,J.B. 1993. Catalogue of the snakes of Ethiopia (Reptilia Serpentes), including identification keys. Tropical Zoology 6: 313-434 - get paper here
  • LeBreton, Matthew 1999. A working checklist of the herpetofauna of Cameroon. Netherlands Committee for IUCN, 160 pp.
  • Loveridge, A. 1936. African reptiles and amphibians in the Field Museum of Natural History. Zool. Ser. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Chicago, 22 (1): 1-122 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1956. On snakes collected in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan by J.S. Owen, Esq. Sudan Notes Rec. 36: 37-56 [1955]
  • Meirte, D. 1992. Clés de détermination des serpents d'Afrique. Museum Royal d'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren Belgique Annual Series Octavo Science Zoologique 267:1-152
  • Nagy, Z.T.; R. Lawson, U. Joger, M. Wink 2004. Molecular systematics of racers, whipsnakes and relatives (Reptilia: Colubridae) using mitochondrial and nuclear markers. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 42 (3): 223-233 - get paper here
  • Parker,H.W. 1932. Scientific results of the Cambridge expedition to the east African lakes, 1930-31. 5. Reptiles and amphibians. Zool. J. Linnean Soc. 38: 213-229
  • Pitman,C.R.S. 1974. A guide to the snakes of Uganda. Codicote, Wheldon & Wesley, L., 290 pp.
  • Schätti B; Wilson L D 1986. Coluber Linnaeus. Holarctic racers. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles ( 399: 1-4 - get paper here
  • Schätti, B. 1988. Systematics and phylogenetic relationships of Coluber florulentus Geoffroy, 1827 (Reptilia, Serpentes). Tropical Zoology 1 (1): 95-116 - get paper here
  • Schlüter, U. 2005. Die Zornnattern Nordafrikas. Reptilia (Münster) 10 (52): 56-64 - get paper here
  • Sochurek,E. 1979. Die Schlangen Nordafrikas. Mitt. Zool. Ges. Braunau 3 (8/9): 219-226
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • TRAPE, JEAN-FRANÇOIS & CELLOU BALDÉ 2014. A checklist of the snake fauna of Guinea, with taxonomic changes in the genera Philothamnus and Dipsadoboa (Colubridae) and a comparison with the snake fauna of some other West African countries. Zootaxa 3900 (3): 301–338
  • Venchi, Alberto and Roberto Sindaco 2006. Annotated checklist of the reptiles of the Mediterranean countries, with keys to species identification. Part 2 -Snakes (Reptilia, Serpentes). Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale "G. Doria", Genova, XCVIII: 259-364
  • Wall, F. 1908. Extension of the habitat of the Snake Zamenis florulentus. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 18: 689-690 - 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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