Walterinnesia morgani (MOCQUARD, 1905)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Walterinnesia morgani?
|Higher Taxa||Elapidae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Naja morgani MOCQUARD 1905|
Atractaspis wilsoni WALL 1908: 804
Naia morgani — BOULENGER 1920
Walterinnesia morgani — NILSON & RASTEGAR-POUYANI 2007
Walterinnesia morgani — WALLACH et al. 2014: 793
Walterinnesia aegyptia morgani — RAJABIZADEH 2018
|Distribution||W Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey (Urfa), Kuwait|
Type locality: “Arabistan, Perse” = Khuzestan, Iran.
|Types||Syntypes: MNHN-RA 1904.0562-0566 (5 specimens)|
Synonymy: Has been considered as a synonym of Walterinnesia aegyptia until recently.
Distribution: The eastern populations (from Turkey and Saudi Arabia to Iran) were found to differ consistently from those further west (Egypt, Israel, Jordan) in having lower scale row counts around the neck (21-23, vs. usually 25-27 in western populations), and in having a banded juvenile pattern (uniform in western populations). Nilson & Rastegar-Pouyani therfore recognise the eastern form as a distinct species of Walterinnesia, Walterinnesia morgani (Mocquard, 1905).
|Etymology||Named after its distribution in Egypt.|
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