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Platyceps atayevi (TUNIYEV & SHAMMAKOV, 1993)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymColuber atayevi TUNIYEV & SHAMMAKOV 1993
Platyceps atayevi — NAGY et al. 2004
Platyceps najadum atayevi — SCHÄTTI et al. 2005
Platyceps najadum atayevi — VENCHI & SINDACO 2006: 286
Platyceps atayevi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 564
Platyceps atayevi — ZAHER et al. 2019 
DistributionTurkmenistan (Kopet-Dag Mountains), probably Iran.

Type locality: “environs of Saivan Village, Saivan- Nokhur Plateau, western Kopet-Dag, Bakharden Region,Turkmenistan”  
TypesHolotype: SNP (given as Collection of the Caucasian Reserve, Sochi, Russia), No. 420, adult male, 12 May 1991, collected by B. S. Tuniyev 
CommentSynonymy: Coluber atayevi has been synonymized with C. najadum by TOKAR et al. (1995) but considered as a valid species by more recent authors.

Similar species: See also P. najadum. 
  • Nagy, Z.T.; R. Lawson, U. Joger, M. Wink 2004. Molecular systematics of racers, whipsnakes and relatives (Reptilia: Colubridae) using mitochondrial and nuclear markers. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 42 (3): 223-233 - get paper here
  • Schatti, B., Stutz,A. & Chavret, C. 2005. Morphologie, Verbreitung und Systematik der Schlanknatter Platyceps najadum (Eichwald, 1831) (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubrinae). Revue Suisse de Zoologie 112 (3): 573-625 - get paper here
  • Tuniyev B S; Shammakov S M 1993. Coluber atayevi sp. nov. (Ophidia, Colubridae) from the Kopet-Dag Mountains of Turkmenistan. Asiatic Herpetological Research 5: 1-10 - 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.
  • Zaher H, Murphy RW, Arredondo JC, Graboski R, Machado-Filho PR, Mahlow K, et al. 2019. Large-scale molecular phylogeny, morphology, divergence-time estimation, and the fossil record of advanced caenophidian snakes (Squamata: Serpentes). PLoS ONE 14(5): e0216148 - get paper here
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