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Platyceps insulanus (MERTENS, 1965)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesSarso Island Racer 
SynonymColuber insulanus MERTENS 1965
Coluber insulanus —SCHÄTTI & WILSON 1986
Coluber insulanus — GASPERETTI 1988: 215
Platyceps insulanus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 554 
DistributionSarso Island, Farasan Archipelago (Red Sea), Saudi Arabia

Type locality: "Insel Sarso, Farsan-Archipel, Rotes Meer, SW-Arabien."  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: SMF 60027, a 910+ mm male (W. Kost, 26 Nov. 1964). 
CommentStatus unclear. Not mentioned in recent checklists (e.g. Leviton et al. 1992). Not mentioned for Arabia by Egan 2007. Only known from the holotype. 
References
  • Egan, D. 2007. Snakes of Arabia. Motivate Publishing, Dubai, 208 pp.
  • Gasperetti,J. 1988. Snakes of Arabia. Fauna of Saudi Arabia 9: 169-450
  • Masseti, Marco 2014. Herpetological enigmas from the Arabian seas, with particular reference to the Sarso Island Racer, Platyceps insulanus Mertens, 1965 (Farasan Archipelago, Saudi Arabia). Pp. 99-116. In: M. Capula and C. Corti (eds.) Scripta Herpetologica: Studies on Amphibians and reptiles in honour of Benedetto Lanza. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina
  • Mertens,R. 1965. Eine neue Natter von einer Insel des roten Meeres. Senckenbergiana biologica 46: 5-9
  • Schätti B; Wilson L D 1986. Coluber Linnaeus. Holarctic racers. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles ( 399: 1-4 - 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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