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Platyceps variabilis (BOULENGER, 1905)

IUCN Red List - Platyceps variabilis - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesPlatyceps variabilis manseri (LEVITON 1986)
Platyceps variabilis variabilis (BOULENGER 1905) 
Common NamesVariable Snake 
SynonymZamenis variabilis BOULENGER 1905
Coluber variabilis — SCORTECCI 1932:
Coluber variabilis — SCHÄTTI & WILSON 1986
Platyceps variabilis — SCHÄTTI & CHARVET 2003
Platyceps variabilis — EGAN 2007: 78
Haemorrhois variabilis
Platyceps variabilis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 568

Platyceps variabilis manseri (LEVITON 1986)
Coluber manseri LEVITON 1986
Coluber variabilis manseri — SCHÄTTI & GASPERETTI 1994: 385
Platyceps variabilis manseri — SINDACO et al. 2013
Platyceps manseri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 565 
Distribution“South Arabia”, SW Yemen, Oman

manseri: Saudi Arabia; Type locality: Hakimah Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
Typessyntype: MCZ R-28468
Holotype: CAS 140514 [manseri] 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1905. Descriptions of three new snakes discovered in South Arabia by Mr. G.W. Bury. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (7) xvi: 178-180 - get paper here
  • Corkill, N. L. and Cochrane, J. A. 1966. The snakes of the Arabian Peninsula and Socotra. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 62 (3): 475-506 (1965) - get paper here
  • Egan, D. 2007. Snakes of Arabia. Motivate Publishing, Dubai, 208 pp.
  • Leviton A E 1986. Description of a new species of Coluber (Reptilia: Serpentes: Colubridae) from the southern Tihama of Saudi Arabia, with comments on the biogeography of southwestern Arabia. Fauna of Saudi Arabia 8 : 436-446
  • Schätti B; Wilson L D 1986. Coluber Linnaeus. Holarctic racers. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles ( 399: 1-4 - get paper here
  • Scortecci, G. 1932. Rettili dello Yemen. Atti soc. Ital. Sci.Nat. 71: 39-49 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R.; Alberto Venchi & Cristina Grieco 2013. The Reptiles of the Western Palearctic, Volume 2: Annotated Checklist and Distributional Atlas of the Snakes of Europe, North Africa, Middle East and Central Asia, with an Update to Volume 1. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 543 pp. - get paper here
  • Šmíd, Jiří; 2010. New remarkable snake records from Oman. Herpetology Notes 3: 329-332 - get paper here
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