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Eryx borrii LANZA & NISTRI, 2005

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Higher TaxaBoidae (Erycinae, Erycidae), Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymEryx borrii LANZA & NISTRI 2005
Eryx borrii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 287
Eryx borrii — REYNOLDS & HENDERSON 2018: 33 

Type locality: Biji (400 m elevation)  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1900.11.28.4, female 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: The new species is morphologically close to E. somalicus from
which it is distinguished by a more slender habitus (ratio total length/maximum
transverse diameter about 39.35, versus 24.03-30.00 in E. somalicus); a larger number of ventral scales (193 instead of no more than 163 in E. somalicus); smaller size of the scales between the anterior level of eyes and postnasal (their minimum number along the middle region of the snout 3, versus 13⁄4 in E. somalicus). The dorsal pattern shows longitudinal or more or less oblique off-white fragmented stripes that are transverse to more or less oblique in E. somalicus. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr Marco Borri (Sezione Zoologica «La Specola», Museo di Storia Naturale dell’Università degli Studi di Firenze), irreplaceable companion and valuable collaborator of the authors during several expeditions in Italy and abroad. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Lanza, B.; Nistri, A. 2005. Somali Boidae (genus Eryx Daudin 1803) and Pythonidae (genus Python Daudin 1803) (Reptilia Serpentes). Tropical Zoology 18 (1): 67-136. - get paper here
  • Reynolds, R. Graham and Robert W. Henderson 2018. Boas of the World (Superfamily Booidae): A Checklist With Systematic, Taxonomic, and Conservation Assessments. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology Sep 2018, Vol. 162, No. 1: 1-58. - get paper here
  • Stephen Spawls; Tomáš Mazuch& Abubakr Mohammad 2023. Handbook of Amphibians and Reptiles of North-east Africa. Bloomsbury, 640 pp. - get paper here
  • 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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