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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesTelescopus dhara dhara (FORSKAL 1775)
Telescopus dhara somalicus (PARKER 1949) 
Common NamesE: Arabian Cat Snake, Large-Eyed Cat Snake, Israeli Catsnake
G: Israelische Katzennatter 
SynonymColuber dhara FORSKAL 1775: 14
Tarbophis guentheri ANDERSON 1895 (fide GASPERETTI 1988)
Tarbophis obtusus — BOULENGER 1896
Tarbophis guentheri — SCHMIDT 1939
Telescopus dhara — CORKILL & COCHRANE 1965
Telescopus dhara dhara — GASPERETTI 1988
Telescopus dhara guentheri — WELCH
Telescopus guentheri — FRANK & RAMUS 1995: 240
Telescopus dhara dhara — CROCHET et al. 2008
Telescopus dhara — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 536
Telescopus dhara — WALLACH et al. 2014: 710
Telescopus dhara — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 520

Telescopus dhara somalicus (PARKER 1949)
Tarbophis dhara somalicus PARKER 1949: 88
Telescopus dhara somalicus — CROCHET et al. 2008
Telescopus somalicus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 713 
DistributionOman, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Yemen,
Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunesia, Libyia,
Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Uganda, Central African Republic ?,
Chad, Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, N Kenya

Type locality: Yemen

somalicus: Type locality: Ngatana, Kenya.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: location unknown (fide V. Wallach, pers. comm.) 
CommentDistribution: Has been reported from Zaire but is not listed by BROADLEY & POYNTON 1998 for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire). Not listed by SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996. Not listed for Tanzania by BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991. Not in Mauritania (Padial, pers. comm.). The species in Mauritania is T. tripolitanus. Not in Cameroon nor Niger (L. Chirio, pers. comm., 23 Aug 2013.)

Synonymy: after Crochet et al. 2008 who suggested to maintain subspecific rank for both dhara and somalicus. However, WALLACH et al. 2014: 713 refers to Crochet et al. 2008 in their decision to elevated somalicus to full species. 
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