Pseudocerastes urarachnoides BOSTANCHI, ANDERSON, KAMI & PAPENFUSS, 2006
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Pseudocerastes urarachnoides?
|Higher Taxa||Viperidae, Viperinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||Iranian spider viper|
|Synonym||Pseudocerastes urarachnoides BOSTANCHI, ANDERSON, KAMI & PAPENFUSS 2006|
Pseudocerastes urarachnoides — GOWER et al. 2012: 84
Pseudocerastes urarachnoides — WALLACH et al. 2014: 600
|Distribution||Iran (Ilam and Kermanshah Provinces), ca. 200 m elevation|
Type locality: Iran: Ilam Province: 70 km SWIlam [probably on road to Amirabad and Mehran] Map legend:
- 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.
|Types||Holotype: FMNH 170929, female, collected by Daniel R. Womochel and Anthony F. DeBlase, Second Street Expedition to Iran, 27 August 1968.|
Paratype: ZMGU [male], 1300, Iran: Kermanshah Province: 25 km south of Qasr-e-Shirin on road to Gilan-e Gharb, open level area in agricultural region, ca. 200 meters elevation, collected by Hamid Bostanchi, May 15, 2001 at about 0800 hrs.
|Comment||DIAGNOSIS: A Pseudocerastes with a short tail (TL/T= 9.65), few pairs of subcaudals (15 in the known specimens), the distal pairs forming an oval knob-like structure; lateral dorsal caudal scales projected to form elongate "appendages" alongside terminal knob. Several rows of lateral dorsal scales are weakly keeled.|
|Etymology||From the Greek: ura = tail; arachno= spider; ides= similar to.|