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Vipera monticola SAINT GIRONS, 1953

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Higher TaxaViperidae, Viperinae, Serpentes (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesMountain Viper 
SynonymVipera latastei montana SAINT GIRONS 1953: 24 (sec. homonym)
Vipera latastei monticola SAINT GIRONS 1954 (replacement name)
Vipera monticola — BEERLI, BILLING & SCHÄTTI 1986
Vipera latasti monticola — SOCHUREK 1979
Vipera (Rhinaspis) monticola — OBST 1983
Vipera monticola — WELCH 1994: 123
Vipera monticola — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 406
Vipera (Vipera) monticola — VENCHI & SINDACO 2006 
DistributionMorocco (High Atlas), elevation up to 3000 m.

Type locality: Massif du Toubkal, Haut Atlas, Morocco, 2800 m. 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.
 
TypesSyntypes: ZMA 11154, MNHN 
CommentVenomous! Vipera latastei montana is a junior secondary homonym of Vipera berus var. montana MÉHELY 1893.

Size: max TL 40 cm. 
References
  • Beerli,P. Billing,H. & Schätti,B. 1986. Taxonomischer Status von Vipera latasti monticola Saint Girons 1953 (Serpentes, Viperidae). Salamandra 22: 101-104
  • Brito, José C.; Santos, Xavier; Pleguezuelos, Juan M.; Fahd, Soumia; Llorente, Gustavo A.; Parellada 2006. Morphological variability of the Lataste's viper (Vipera latastei) and the Atlas dwarf viper (Vipera monticola: patterns of biogeographical distribution and taxonomy. Amphibia-Reptilia 27 (2): 219-240 - get paper here
  • Brodmann,P. 1987. Die Giftschlangen Europas und die Gattung Vipera in AFrika und Asien. Kümmerli und Frey, Bern, 148 pp.
  • Daan, S. & Hillenius,D. 1966. Catalogue of the type specimens of amphibians and reptiles in the Zoological Museum, Amsterdam. Beaufortia 13: 117-144
  • Dobiey, M. & Vogel, G. 2007. Venomous Snakes of Africa/Giftschlangen Afrikas. Terralog 15, Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, 150 pp.
  • McDiarmid,R.W.; Campbell,J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Obst,F.J. 1983. Zur Kenntnis der Schlangengattung Vipera. Zool. Abh. staatl. Mus. Tierkunde Dresden 38: 229-235
  • Phelps, T. 2010. Old World Vipers. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 558 pp. [critical review in Sauria 33 (3): 19 and HR 43: 503]
  • Pillet, J.M. 1994. New Data on the Distribution and Ecology of the Dwarf Viper of the High Atlas, Vipera monticola Saint Girons, 1954 (Reptilia, Viperidae) Revue Suisse de Zoologie 101 (3): 645-653 - get paper here
  • Saint Girons, H. 1953. Une vipère naine: Vipera latastei montana. Bull. Soc. zool. Fr. 78: 24-28.
  • Saint Girons, H. 1954. Note rectificative au sujet de Vipera latastei montana, n. subsp. Bull. Soc. Zool France 78: 475
  • Schleich,H.H., Kästle,W., Kabisch, K. 1996. Amphibians and Reptiles of North Africa. Koeltz, Koenigstein, 627 pp.
  • Sochurek,E. 1979. Die Schlangen Nordafrikas. Mitt. Zool. Ges. Braunau 3 (8/9): 219-226
  • Venchi, Alberto and Roberto Sindaco 2006. Annotated checklist of the reptiles of the Mediterranean countries, with keys to species identification. Part 2 -Snakes (Reptilia, Serpentes). Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale "G. Doria", Genova, XCVIII: 259-364
  • WESTERSTRÖM, A. 2010. Early record of the elusive Atlas Dwarf Viper Vipera monticola SAINT GIRONS, 1953, in the Moroccan High Atlas [Short Note] Herpetozoa 23: - get paper here
 
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