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Platyceps insulanus (MERTENS, 1965)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Sarso Island Racer 
SynonymColuber insulanus MERTENS 1965
Coluber insulanus —SCHÄTTI & WILSON 1986
Coluber insulanus — GASPERETTI 1988: 215
Platyceps insulanus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 554 
DistributionSarso Island, Farasan Archipelago (Red Sea), Saudi Arabia

Type locality: "Insel Sarso, Farsan-Archipel, Rotes Meer, SW-Arabien."  
TypesHolotype: SMF 60027, a 910+ mm male (W. Kost, 26 Nov. 1964). 
CommentStatus unclear. Not mentioned in recent checklists (e.g. Leviton et al. 1992). Not mentioned for Arabia by Egan 2007. Only known from the holotype. 
  • Egan, D. 2007. Snakes of Arabia. Motivate Publishing, Dubai, 208 pp.
  • Gasperetti,J. 1988. Snakes of Arabia. Fauna of Saudi Arabia 9: 169-450
  • Masseti, Marco 2014. Herpetological enigmas from the Arabian seas, with particular reference to the Sarso Island Racer, Platyceps insulanus Mertens, 1965 (Farasan Archipelago, Saudi Arabia). Pp. 99-116. In: M. Capula and C. Corti (eds.) Scripta Herpetologica: Studies on Amphibians and reptiles in honour of Benedetto Lanza. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina
  • Mertens,R. 1965. Eine neue Natter von einer Insel des roten Meeres. Senckenbergiana biologica 46: 5-9
  • Schätti B; Wilson L D 1986. Coluber Linnaeus. Holarctic racers. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles ( 399: 1-4 - 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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