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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
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  
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). 
EtymologyThe species is named after Dan Noël-Stevens for pivotal technical assistance, his thoughtful comments, and support in less than optimal circumstances. 
  • 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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