Platyceps tessellata (WERNER, 1910)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Platyceps tessellata?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Zamenis rhodorhachis var. tessellata WERNER 1910: 277|
Coluber rhodorachis ssp — PERRY 1985
Platyceps tessellata — PERRY 2012
|Distribution||Egypt (Sinai), S Israel|
Type locality: “Asie Mineure,” most likely in error (see WERNER 1910 and PERRY 2012).
|Types||Holotype: IRSNB 245|
|Comment||Synonymy: 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) and Sinaiko et al. 2018 considered P. saharicus as valid. Perry 1985 announced a new subspecies without actually describing or naming it.|
Distribution: Animals from Eritrea and Ethiopia identified by Largen and Spawls (2010) as P. rhodorachis most likely also belong to this taxon (fide PERRY 2012). Has been also reported from SE Algeria, Libya, Chad, Sudan (Nubia), SW Jordan, NW Saudi Arabia, S Oman. Not mentioned for Arabia by Egan 2007.
|Etymology||Named after its distribution area. In most of its distribution area the records are rather scattered.|