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Psammophis aegyptius MARX, 1958

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Psammophiinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
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.  
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). 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in Egypt. 
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  • Venchi, Alberto and Roberto Sindaco 2006. Annotated checklist of the reptiles of the Mediterranean countries, with keys to species identification. Part 2 -Snakes (Reptilia, Serpentes). Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale "G. Doria", Genova, XCVIII: 259-364
  • 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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  • Werner,Y.L. 1988. Herpetofaunal survey of Israel (1950-1985), with comments on Sinai and Jordan and on zoogeographical heterogeneity. in: Yom-Tov,Y. & Tchernov, E. (eds.) The zoogeography of Israel, Dr. W. Junk Publishers, Dordrecht (Netherlands); ISBN 90-6193-650-0
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