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Platyceps noeli SCHÄTTI, TILLACK, KUCHARZEWSKI, 2014

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymPlatyceps noeli SCHÄTTI, TILLACK, KUCHARZEWSKI 2014: 358
Zamenis rhodorhachis [sic] ladacensis – WALL 1911: 1034 ? [partim]
Coluber rhodorachis – MINTON 1966: 121 [partim]
Coluber rhodorachis ladacensis – MERTENS 1969: 60 [partim] 
DistributionPakistan (Baluchistan: Quetta District)

Type locality: Spin Karez (Spinkares, Spinkarez), Quetta District, Baluchistan, 30°13′N 67°09′E, ca. 2,000 m elevation  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: SMF 50458
Paratypes: AMNH 88468, 5 mi. northwest of ‘Ziarat’ (Ziarat Khar- wari Baba), Ziarat District (formerly Sibi), ca. 30°24′N 67°42′E (near mouth of Bano River), ca. 2,400 m, male, Minton, Hassan & Maulana, May 1962; AMNH 161999 (SAM 711), 7 mi. southwest of Ziarat Kharwari Baba (Mt. Kholi area), ca. 30°16′N 67°40′E, around 2,000 m, male, same collectors and date, Fig. 19C; SMF 50457, Urak, Quetta, 30°16′ N 67°10′ E, ca. 2,000 m, subad. male, M. G. Konieczny; SMF 62927, “Nushki”, male, M. G. Konieczny (Fig. 19D, see Morphology and Distribution). 
CommentDiagnosis. Ventrals 199 – 204 (all males), subcaudals 108 – 112 (maximum from complete tail?), sum thereof 307– 314 (possibly slightly more). Dorsals in 19-19-13 or 19- 19-11 rows. Rostral shield 1.44 – 1.78 times broader than high. Dorsum with two or four longitudinal rows of spots (posterior trunk without pattern) or devoid of markings throughout (plain). From geographically close or sympatric congenerics, Platyceps noeli differs in, for instance, the absence of a postsubocular (vis-à-vis P. k. karelini) or lower ventral and subcaudals counts (P. mintonorum, P. r. rhodorachis, see Morphology and Distribution, Distinction in Schätti et al.).
 
EtymologyThe species is named after Dan Noël-Stevens for pivotal technical assistance, his thoughtful comments, and support in less than optimal circumstances. 
References
  • Mertens, R. 1969. Die Amphibien und Reptilien West-Pakistans. Stuttgart. Beitr. Naturk. 197: 1-96 - get paper here
  • Minton, S. A. Jr. 1966. A contribution to the herpetology of West Pakistan. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist., 134: 29-184.
  • Schätti, Beat; Frank Tillack & Christoph Kucharzewski 2014. Platyceps rhodorachis (Jan, 1863) – a study of the racer genus Platyceps Blyth, 1860 east of the Tigris (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae). Vertebrate Zoology 64 (3): 297-405 - get paper here
  • Wall, F. 1911. Remarks on a snake collection in the Quetta museum. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 20: 1033-1042 - get paper here
 
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