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Platyceps sinai (SCHMIDT & MARX, 1956)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Sinai Racer. 
SynonymLytorhynchus sinai SCHMIDT & MARX 1956
Haemorrhois sinai — SCHMIDT & MARX 1956
Lytorhynchus sinai — CORKILL & COCHRANE 1966
Coluber sinai — SCHÄTTI & WILSON 1986
Coluber sinai — SINDACO 1995
Hemorrhois sinai — SCHLÜTER 2005
Coluber (s.l.) sinai — VENCHI & SINDACO 2006
Platyceps sinai — BAR & HAIMOVITCH 2012
Platyceps sinai — WALLACH et al. 2014: 556
Platyceps sinai — MEIRI et al. 2019 
DistributionEgypt, Sinai, Israel, Jordan

Type locality: Wadi Feizan, Sinai.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 134989 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A Lytorhynchus with the edges of the rostral only slightly raised; nasal divided; a pattern of sharply defined black dorsal crossbars on a white ground color; dorsals 17; ventrals 184 to 194; caudals 94 [SCHMIDT & MARX 1956]. 
CommentDistribution: For a map see Sindaco et al. 2013. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
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