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Psammophis aegyptius MARX, 1958

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Higher TaxaPsammophiidae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymPsammophis aegyptius MARX 1958
Psammophis schokari aegyptius — KRAMER & SCHNURRENBERGER 1963
Psammophis aegyptius — WERNER 1985
Psammophis schokari aegyptius — BRANDSTÄTTER 1996
Psammophis aegyptius — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 513
Psammophis aegyptius —TRAPE & MANÉ 2006: 146
Psammophis aegyptius — WALLACH et al. 2014: 575 
DistributionSE Algeria, S Egypt, Libya, Israel, Niger, Chad

Type locality: Siwa, Siwa Oasis, Western Desert Governorate, Egypt.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: FMNH 75092. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A Psammophis with a stripe on the side of the head, running through the eye; belly finely punctulated; males with 188-199 ventrals and 17-19 scale rows at mid-body (from MARX 1958). 
Comment 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in Egypt. 
References
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