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Psammophis schokari (FORSKAL, 1775)

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Psammophiinae, Serpentes (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Schokari Sand Racer, Forskal Sand Snake
G: Sandrennatter 
SynonymColuber schokari FORSKAL 1775
Coluber lacrymans REUSS 1834: 139
Psammophis moniliger — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 891
Psammophis punctatus DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 896
Psammophis sindanus STOLICZKA 1872 (fide SMITH 1943)
Psammophis schokari BOULENGER 1896: 157
Psamophis schokari [sic] — SCHMIDT 1939
Psammophis schokari — SMITH 1943: 363
Psammophis schokari — HAAS 1957: 81
Psammophis schokari — LEVITON 1959: 457
Psammophis schokari — FRYNTA et al. 1997
Psammophis schokari — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 515
Psammophis schokari — SCHMIDT & KUNZ 2005 
DistributionNW India (Rajasthan, Punjab, Kashmir), Afghanistan (LEVITON 1959: 461), Pakistan, S Turkmenistan,
Western Sahara ?, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Sinai, Israel, Mali, Niger,
Mauritania, Nigeria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Saudi Arabia (incl. Farasan Islands), Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait,
Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Iran (Kavir desert), Yemen

Type locality: Yemen 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-1974 
CommentSubspecies: Psammophis schokari aegyptius has been elevated to species status.

Distribution: not in Benin (pers. comm., L. Chirio, 23 Aug 2013).

Variation: Psammophis schokari (Colubridae) occurs in Israel and Sinai, Egypt, in three pholidotically indistinguishable morphs: (1) striped, with four dark longitudinal stripes; (2) non-striped, plain or lightly dotted; and (3) rear-striped, dark stripes on the posterior part merge anteriorly (this pattern is first described by KARK et al. 1997).

Reproduction: oviparous. 
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