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Platyceps saharicus (SCHÄTTI & MCCARTHY, 2004)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymPlatyceps saharicus SCHÄTTI & MCCARTHY 2004
Platyceps saharicus — BÖHME 2010: 105
Platyceps saharicus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 556
Platyceps saharicus — BAUER et al. 2017 
DistributionSE Algeria, SE Libya, N Chad, NE Sudan, E Egypt, Israel, W Jordan, W Saudi Arabia, elevation 550-1700 m.

Type locality: "Egypt: St. Catherine's Monastery area, Wadi el Sheikh" [= Wadi el Sheikh, vicinity of St. Catherine's Monastery (28°33'N, 33°59'E, elevation 1585 m), South Sinai Govern., NE Egypt]  
TypesHolotype: FMNH 72108, female 
CommentSynonymy: PERRY 2012: 97 considered Platyceps saharicus a synonym of Platyceps tessellata, but the status of the former is not clear (Guy Sinaiko, pers. comm. 6 Nov 2017). Perry 1985 announced a new subspecies without actually describing or naming it. 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution area. In most of its distribution area the records are rather scattered. 
  • 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
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2010. A list of the herpetological type specimens in the Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Bonn. Bonn zoological Bulletin 59: 79-108 - get paper here
  • Perry, G. 1985. A new subspecies of Coluber rhodorachis (Ophidia: Colubridae) from Israel. Israel Journal of Zoology 33:123 [meeting abstract]
  • Perry, Gad 2012. On the Appropriate Names for Snakes Usually Identified as Coluber rhodorachis (Jan, 1865) or Why Ecologists Should Approach the Forest of Taxonomy with Great Care. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 19 (2): 90–100 - get paper here
  • Schätti, B. & McCarthy, C. 2004. Saharo-Arabian racers of the Platyceps rhodorhachis complex - description of a new species (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubrinae). Revue Suisse de Zoologie 111 (4): 691-705 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Werner, F. 1910. Neue oder seltenere Reptilien des Musée Royal d'Histoire Naturelle de Belgique in Brüssel. [Mabuia dolloi, Mabuia polylepis]. Zool. Jb. Abt. Syst. Okol. Geogr. 28 [1909]: 263-288. - get paper here
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