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Vipera shemakhensis (TUNIYEV, ORLOV, TUNIYEV & KIDOV, 2013)

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Higher TaxaViperidae, Viperinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymPelias shemakhensis TUNIYEV, ORLOV, TUNIYEV & KIDOV 2013
Pelias shemakhensis — TUNIYEV 2016 
DistributionNE Azerbaijan

Type locality: Vicinity of Shemakhan (= Shemakha, north-eastern Azerbaijan  
TypesHolotype: ZISP 21720, Herpetological collection of Zoological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, 25.04.1972, Coll. E. A. Erukh (Fig. 11a, b ). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Small viper, different from other species by minimal number of wings in zigzag (54.8), by the presence of specimens with unique combination from four canthal shields under the absence of apicals. Brown cervical zigzag with small wings is located on the dirty- white back. On each side of body dark shallow patches are located chequer wise in 2 – 3 rows, unlike one row of large dark patches mainly typical for other representa- tives of “ursinii” complex in the Caucasian Isthmus. 
Etymologynamed after the type locality, the town and district of Shemakha. 
  • Tuniyev B.S. 2016. Rare species of shield-head vipers in the Caucasus. Nature Conservation Research 1 (3): 11–25 - get paper here
  • Tuniyev, S. B.; N. Orlov, B. Tuniyev, A. Kidov 2013. On the Taxonomical Status of Steppe Viper from Foothills of the South Macroslope of the East Caucasus. Russ. J. Herpetol. 20 (2): 129-146 - get paper here
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