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Platyceps rogersi (ANDERSON, 1893)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Rogers' Racer
G: Andersons Pfeilnatter, Rogers Renner 
SynonymZamenis rogersi ANDERSON 1893: 439
Coluber rogersi — FLOWER 1933
Coluber rogersi — CORKILL & COCHRANE 1966
Haemorrhois rogersi — WELCH
Coluber rogersi —SCHÄTTI & WILSON 1986
Coluber rogersi — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 486
Platyceps rogersi — SCHÄTTI 2004
Platyceps rogersi — NAGY et al. 2004
Platyceps cf. rogersi — SINDACO et al. 2006
Platyceps karelini rogersi — SCHÄTTI et al. 2012
Platyceps rogersi — IBRAHIM 2013
Platyceps rogersi — HABEEB & RASTEGAR-POUYANI 2016 
DistributionLibya, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, E Iraq, Saudi Arabia ?

Type locality: Lower Egypt  
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.1.14.71, collected by Mrs. J. Anderson 
CommentSynonymy: listed as synonym of Zamenis karelini by Wallach et al. 2014: 565 and others. However, there are no reliable diagnostic characters to distinguish Platyceps rogersi from P. ventromaculatus (Gray, 1834) according to DISI et al. (2001) and SCHÄTTI (2006). 
EtymologyNamed after Madge and Sherman A. Minton (1919-1999), a physician by training. 
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  • Bauer, Aaron M.; Jonathan C. DeBoer , Dylan J. Taylor 2017. Atlas of the Reptiles of Libya. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 64 (8): 155-318 - get paper here
  • Corkill, N. L. and Cochrane, J. A. 1966. The snakes of the Arabian Peninsula and Socotra. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 62 (3): 475-506 (1965) - get paper here
  • Flower,Stanley 1933. Notes on the recent reptiles and amphibians of Egypt, with a list of the species recorded from that kingdom. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1933: 735-851 - get paper here
  • Goldberg, S.R., Schwarz, R., Jamison, S. & Maza, E. 2017. Platyceps rogersi (Rogers’ Racer) Reproduction. Herpetological Review 48 (3): 680. - get paper here
  • Goldberg, Stephen R., Bursey, Charles R., Schwarz, Rachel, Jamison, Simon and Maza, Erez 2017. Platyceps rogersi (Rogers' Racer) Endoparasites. Herpetological Review 48 (1): 218 - get paper here
  • Gruber, U. 2009. Die Schlangen Europas, 2. Aufl. Kosmos Naturführer, 266 pp.
  • Habeeb, Israa Nadhim & Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani 2016. Geographical distribution of the snakes of Iraq. Mesopotamia Environmental Journal 2 (3): 67-77
  • Ibrahim, Adel A. 2013. The Herpetology of the Suez Canal Zone, Egypt. Vertebrate Zoology 63 (1): 87–110 - get paper here
  • Kramer, E. & H. SCHNURRENBERGER 1963. Systematik, Verbreitung und Ökologie der Libyschen Schlangen. Rev. Sui. Zool. 70 (3): 453-568 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Amos Belmaker, Daniel Berkowic, Kesem Kazes, Erez Maza, Guy Bar-Oz and Roi Dor 2019. A checklist of Israeli land vertebrates. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution - get paper here
  • 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
  • Qumsiyeh, Mazin 2016. Fauna of Wadi Al-Quff Protected Area: Amphibians, Reptiles and Mammals. Jordan Journal of Natural History (3): 70-79 - get paper here
  • Schätti B; Wilson L D 1986. Coluber Linnaeus. Holarctic racers. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles ( 399: 1-4 - get paper here
  • Schätti, B. 2004. Morphology and systematics of Platyceps rogersi (Anderson, 1893) - a review of the situation. Herpetozoa 17 (3/4):161-174 - get paper here
  • Schätti, B., Kucharzewski, C., Masroor, R. & Rastegar Puuyani, E. 2012. Platyceps karelini (Brandt, 1838) from Iran to Pakistan and revalidation of Coluber chesneii Martin, 1838 (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubrinae). Revue Suisse de Zoologie 119 (4): 441-483
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  • SINAIKO, GUY; TALI MAGORY-COHEN, SHAI MEIRI, & ROI DOR 2018. Taxonomic revision of Israeli snakes belonging to the Platyceps rhodorachis species complex (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae). Zootaxa 4379 (3): 301–346 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R.; Serra, G. & Menegon, M. 2006. New data on the Syrian herpetofauna with a newly-recorded species of snake. Zoology of the Middle-East 37: 29-38 - get paper here
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