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Platyceps taylori (PARKER, 1949)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Taylor’s Racer 
SynonymColuber taylori PARKER 1949: 40
Coluber taylori — LANZA 1983
Coluber taylori — LANZA 1988
Coluber taylori — SCHÄTTI 1988: 108
Coluber taylori — LARGEN & RASMUSSEN 1993
Platyceps taylori — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 614
Platyceps taylori — WALLACH et al. 2014: 557 
DistributionSomalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti

Type locality: "northwestern part of the mountainous Ogo, Borama district, British Somaliland (42˚45'E. x 10˚20' N.), 4000 ft."  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1949.2.1.56, a 500 mm female (4 March 1933). 
CommentClosely related to Coluber florulentus and Coluber smithii. 
EtymologyNamed after Edward Harrison Taylor (1889-1978), American herpetologist who spent several years in the Philippines before returning to the University of Kansas. 
  • Borrell, B. 2013. The spy who loved frogs. Nature 501: 150-153 - get paper here
  • Ineich, I. 1999. Reptiles & Amphibiens de la République de Djibouti. BNDB, UICN, PNUD, Djibouti & MNHN, Paris, 60 pp. - get paper here
  • Lanza, B. 1983. A list of the Somali amphibians and reptiles. MONITORE ZOOLOGICO ITALIANO, new Ser., SUPPL. 18 (8): 193-247 - get paper here
  • Lanza, B. 1990. Amphibians and reptiles of the Somali Democratic Republic: check list and biogeography. Biogeographia, 14: 407-465 [1988] - 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
  • Parker,H.W. 1949. The snakes of Somaliland and the Sokotra islands. Zoologische Verhandelingen 6: 1-115 - 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
  • 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.
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