Vipera olguni (TUNIYEV, AVCI, TUNIYEV, AGASIAN & AGASIAN, 2012)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Vipera olguni?
|Higher Taxa||Viperidae, Viperinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Pelias olguni TUNIYEV, AVCI, TUNIYEV, AGASIAN & AGASIAN 2012|
Pelias darevskii — TUNIYEV et al., 2009 (part)
Pelias darevskii — AVCI et al. 2010
Pelias olguni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 544
|Distribution||Turkey (Upper Flow of the Kura River)|
Type locality: Turkey, Ardahan Province, Town Posof, Mt. Ilgar-Dag, (2020 m elevation). 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: SNP 866, Herpetological collection of the Sochi National Park, Sochi, SNP 866, adult female, 21 July 2011, collectors B. Tuniyev, S. Tuniyev, A. Avci.|
Paratypes. Fifteen specimens: herpetological collection of the Sochi National Park, Sochi, 13 specimens; Zoology Department Ege University, Zoology Lab. of the Department of Biology at Buca Education Faculty, Turkey (ZDEU).
|Comment||Pelias is typically considered as a subgenus, hence we follow this use here.|
Diagnosis. Small-sized snake, different from a related species Darevsky’s viper by the having smaller sizes of trunk, body, tail, lower number of preventrals, sublabials and wings of zigzag; by the having higher number of scales round a neck and middle of body, supralabials and crown shields. Parietal shields have incision in most of the specimens. Animals from above are painted in gray and russet tones; a zigzag does not consist of numerous transversal prolate spots, only in some part united. Belly from dark spotted to almost black.
|Etymology||The species is named in honor of Prof. Dr. Kurtulus Olgun.|
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