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Eirenis thospitis SCHMIDTLER & LANZA, 1990

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesG: Thuspa-Zwergnatter 
SynonymEirenis thospitis SCHMIDTLER & LANZA 1990
Eirenis punctatolineatus punctatolineatus BARAN 1976 (part.)
Eirenis (Pediophis) thospitis — NAGY et al. 2004
Eirenis thospitis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 260 
DistributionTurkey, Iran

Type locality: 2-3 km N NE of Van, about 2000 m elevation (E Turkey)  
TypesHolotype: MZUF 33663; Paratypes: MZUF, ZSM 198/1979, male, SRSN 
Etymologyfrom “Thospitis”, genitive case of Thospites (Lacus), the latinized Urartaean name of (lake) Van (cf. Pliny the Elder, Historia naturalis 6: 128). 
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  • Asadi, Atefeh; Amin Salmanian, Mohammad Kaboli 2020. Eirenis thospitis Schmidtler et Lanza, 1990 (Reptilia: Colubridae): New to Iran. Russian Journal of Herpetology 27 (6): 369-372 - get paper here
  • Geniez, Philippe 2018. Snakes of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Princeton University Press, 384 pp. - get paper here
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  • Mahlow, Kristin; Frank Tillack, Josef Friedrich Schmidtler & Johannes Müller 2013. An annotated checklist, description and key to the dwarf snakes of the genus Eirenis Jan, 1863 (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae), with special emphasis on the dentition. Vertebrate Zoology 63 (1): 41–85 - get paper here
  • Nagy, Z.T., J.F. Schmidtler, U. Joger & M. Wink 2003. Systematik der Zwergnattern (Reptilia: Colubridae: Eirenis) und verwandter Gruppen anhand von DNA-Sequenzen und morphologischen Daten. Salamandra 39 (3-4): 149-168 - get paper here
  • Schmidtler, J.F. & EISELT,J. 1991. Zur Verbreitung und Systematik ostanatolischer Zwergnattern; mit Beschreibung von Eirenis hakkariensis n.sp. (Serpentes: Colubridae). Salamandra 27 (3): 215-227 - get paper here
  • Schmidtler, J.F. & Lanza,B. 1990. A new dwarf-snake (Eirenis) from Lake Van in Eastern Turkey. Amphibia-Reptilia 11: 363-371 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, Roberto; Alberto Venchi, Giuseppe M. Carpaneto, Marco A. Bologna 2000. The Reptiles of Anatolia: a Checklist and Zoogeographical analysis. Biogeographia, 21-2000: 441-554. - get paper here
  • Tuniyev B.S., Tuniyev S.B., Avcı A., Ilgaz Ç. 2014. Herpetological studies in Eastern and North-Eastern Turkey. Current Studies in Herpetology 14 (1/2): 44–53. Резюме - get paper here
  • 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
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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