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Walterinnesia morgani (MOCQUARD, 1905)

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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymNaja 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 
DistributionW Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey (Urfa), Kuwait

Type locality: “Arabistan, Perse” = Khuzestan, Iran. Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesSyntypes: MNHN 1904.562-566 
CommentVenomous!

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). 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in Egypt. 
References
  • Fathnia, B.; N. Rastegar Pouyani; H. Darvishnia; M. Rajabzadeh 2010. The snake fauna of Ilam Province, southwestern Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 6 (1) - get paper here
  • Göcmen, B.; Franzen, M.; Yilidz, M.Z.; Akman, B. & Yalcinkaya, D. 2009. New locality records of eremial snake species in southeastern Turkey (Ophidia: Colubridae, Elapidae, Typhlopidae, Leptotyphlopidae). Salamandra 45 (2): 110-114 - get paper here
  • Mocquard, M.F. 1905. Diagnoses de quelques espèces nouvelles de Reptiles. Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat., Paris, 11:76-79 - get paper here
  • Nilson, Göran and Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani. 2007. Walterinnesia aegyptia Lataste, 1887 (Ophidia: Elapidae) and the status of Naga morgani Mocquard 1905. Russ. J. Herpetol. 14 (1):7-14 - get paper here
  • RASTEGAR-POUYANI, NASRULLAH; HAJI GHOLI KAMI, MEHDI RAJABZADEH, SOHEILA SHAFIEI AND STEVEN CLEMENT ANDERSON 2008. Annotated Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles of Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 4 (1): 7-30
  • Sindaco, Roberto; Riccardo Nincheri, Benedetto Lanza 2014. Catalogue of Arabian reptiles in the collections of the “La Specola” Museum, Florence. Scripta Herpetologica. Studies on Amphibians and Reptiles in honour of Benedetto Lanza: pp. 137-164 - get paper here
  • Wall,F. 1908. Notes on a collection of snakes from Persia. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 18: 795-805 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
 
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