Vipera magnifica TUNIYEV & OSTROVSKIKH, 2001
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Vipera magnifica?
|Higher Taxa||Viperidae, Viperinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Vipera magnifica TUNIYEV & OSTROVSKIKH 2001|
Vipera magnified [sic] TUNIYEV & OSTROVSKIKH 2001
Vipera kaznakovi — KRAMER 1961:703 (part.)
Pelias magnifica — TUNIYEV et al. 2012
Pelias magnifica — WALLACH et al. 2014: 544
Pelias magnifica — TUNIYEV 2016
|Distribution||Russia (W Caucasus), elevation 700-1200 m|
Type locality: Shakh-ghireevskoye Gorge, the Malaya Laba River, Krasno-darskii region, Russia.
|Types||Holotype: SDCSNBR541, adult male, (Scientific Department, Caucasian State Nature Biosphere Reserve, Sochi), June 24, 1998, coll. B. S. Tuniyev|
The paper says actually “Vipera magnified” and later “Vipera magnifica”.
Diagnosis. A small viper of the Eurosiberian group. Coloration is not bright. Number of ventral shields and number of crown shields are the biggest for all representatives of "kaznakovi" complex.
Coloration: there are melanistic and brown/black variants as well as intermediates (Tuniyev et al. 2016).
|Etymology||Specific name from magnifica (La-tin, magnificent). Vipera magnifica was called due to miracle combination of pattern and coloration.|
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