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Platyceps messanai (SCHÄTTI & LANZA, 1989)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Schätti's Racer 
SynonymColuber messanai SCHÄTTI & LANZA 1989
Platyceps messanai — SCHÄTTI & CHARVET 2003
Platyceps messanai — WALLACH et al. 2014: 565 
DistributionN Somalia (Central Nogal Valley)

Type locality: Wadi Run, Nogal Valley, Somalia.  
TypesHolotype: MZUF 5468 
CommentKnown only from its holotype (SCHÄTTI & CHARVET 2003). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Giuseppe Messana (b. 1944), a biologist at the Institute for the Study of Ecosystems, Florence. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Schätti B; Lanza B 1989. Coluber messanai, a new species of snake from northern Somalia (Reptilia, Serpentes). Boll. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino 7 (2): 413-421
  • Schätti, B.; Charvet, C. 2003. Systematics of Platyceps brevis (Boulenger 1895) and related East African racers (Serpentes Colubrinae). Tropical Zoology 16 (1): 93-111 - get paper here
  • Spawls, Stephen; 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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