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Telescopus obtusus (REUSS, 1834)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Egyptian Catsnake
G: Ägyptische Katzennatter 
SynonymColuber obtusus REUSS 1834: 137
Telescopus obtusus — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 1056
Tarbophis obtusus — BOULENGER 1895
Tarbophis obtusus — WERNER 1919
Telescopus dhara obtusus — PARKER 1949
Telescopus dhara obtusus — LOVERIDGE 1955
Telescopus dhara obtusus — MARX 1956
Telescopus dhara obtusus — SOCHUREK 1979
Telescopus obtusus — BÖHME 1989
Telescopus obtusus — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 524
Telescopus dhara obtusus — BONS & GENIEZ 1996
Telescopus obtusus — CHIPPAUX 2001: 155
Telescopus obtusus — CHIPPAUX 2006: 161
Telescopus obtusus — TRAPE & MANÉ 2006: 162
Telescopus obtusus — VENCHI & SINDACO 2006: 293
Telescopus dhara obtusus — CROCHET et al. 2008
Telescopus obtusus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 712 
DistributionEgypt, Ethiopia [HR 31: 58], Eritrea [HR 31: 58], Sudan, Somalia, N Kenya, Tanzania [HR 31: 58], Central African Republic, Chad, Uganda

Type locality: Egypt 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.
 
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: SMF 
CommentSynonymy: Leptodira tripolitana WERNER 1909 has been removed from the synonymy of T. (dhara) obtusus and is now considered as valid species, Telescopus tripolitanus.

Distribution: See maps in Schleich et al. 1996: 526, Geniez 2016: 204. Reports from Libya westwards (Morocco, Algeria (Joger in Böhme et al.), Tunisia [gabesi = gabesiensis], Mali?, N Nigeria?, Sierra Leone) belong probably to T. tripolitanus (as T. guidimakaensis; see Geniez et al. 2004).

Type species: Coluber obtusus REUSS 1834: 137 is the type species of the genus Telescopus WAGLER 1830. 
References
  • Aylmer, G. 1922. The Snakes of Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone Studies 5: 7-37
  • Boulenger,G.A. 1895. Rettili e Batraci. in, Esplorazione del Giuba e dei suoi Affluenti compiuta dal Cap. V. Bottego durante gli Anni 1892-93 sotto gli auspicii della Società Geografica Italiana. Annali Mus. civ. Stor. nat. Giacomo Doria (2) 15: 9-18
  • CROCHET, PIERRE-ANDRE; JENS B. RASMUSSEN, THOMAS WILMS, PHILIPPE GENIEZ, JEAN-FRANCOIS TRAPE & WOLFGANG BOHME 2008. Systematic status and correct nomen of the western North African cat snake: Telescopus tripolitanus (Werner, 1909) (Serpentes: Colubridae), with comments on the other taxa in the dhara-obtusus group. Zootaxa 1703: 25-46 - get paper here
  • Duméril, A. M. C., Bibron, G. & DUMÉRIL, A. H. A., 1854. Erpétologie générale ou histoire naturelle complète des reptiles. Tome septième. Deuxième partie, comprenant l'histoire des serpents venimeux. Paris, Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret: i-xii + 781-1536 - get paper here
  • Geniez P. 2015. Serpents d’Europe, d’Afrique du Nord et du Moyen-Orient. Editions Delachaux et Niestlé, 379 pp. - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1956. On snakes collected in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan by J.S. Owen, Esq. Sudan Notes Rec. 36: 37-56 [1955]
  • Parker,H.W. 1949. The snakes of Somaliland and the Sokotra islands. Zoologische Verhandelingen 6: 1-115 - get paper here
  • Reuss, A. 1834. Zoologische Miscellen. Reptilien, Ophidier. [Coluber albiventris, Echis pavo]. Mus. Senckenbergiana, Frankfurt/M., 1: 129-162. - get paper here
  • Schleich, H.H., Kästle,W., Kabisch, K. 1996. Amphibians and Reptiles of North Africa. Koeltz, Koenigstein, 627 pp.
  • Sindaco, R.; Alberto Venchi & Cristina Grieco 2013. The Reptiles of the Western Palearctic, Volume 2: Annotated Checklist and Distributional Atlas of the Snakes of Europe, North Africa, Middle East and Central Asia, with an Update to Volume 1. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 543 pp. - get paper here
  • Sochurek,E. 1979. Die Schlangen Nordafrikas. Mitt. Zool. Ges. Braunau 3 (8/9): 219-226
  • Trape, J.-F. & Mané, Y. 2006. Guide des serpents d’Afrique occidentale. Savane et désert. [Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger]. IRD Editions, Paris, 226 pp. - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Werner,F. 1919. Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der mit Unterstützung der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien aus der Erbschaft Treitl von F. Werner unternommenen zoologischen Expedition nach dem Anglo-Aegyptischen Sudan (Kordofan) 1914. IV. Bearbeitung de Denkschr. Akad. Wiss Wien, Math.-Naturw. Klasse 96: 437-509 - get paper here
 
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