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Platyceps sindhensis SCHÄTTI, TILLACK, KUCHARZEWSKI, 2014

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Sindh Racer 
SynonymPlatyceps sindhensis SCHÄTTI, TILLACK, KUCHARZEWSKI 2014: 361
Zamenis rhodorhachis [sic] – BOULENGER 1893: 398 [partim]
Zamenis ventrimaculatus [sic] – WALL 1914 [partim]
Coluber rhodorachis – MINTON 1966: 121 [partim]
Coluber rhodorachis ladacensis – MERTENS 1969: 60 [partim] 
DistributionSC Pakistan (Sindh: Dadu district)

Type locality: “Gaj River”, Kirthar Range, Sindh, arbitrarily placed in the vicinity of Chhota Kund, Dadu District (see Mertens, 1969: 87), ca. 26°53′N, 67°14′E, ca. 180 m elevation  
TypesHolotype: SMF 57306, subad. male, coll. M. G. Konieczny; Paratypes: (n=3) AMNH 161997 (SAM 679), “Gandrani Caves” (Kud River), Lasbela, Baluchistan, ca. 26°17′N 66°13′E, ca. 100 m, female, Minton, Minton & Anderson, March 1962; BMNH 1891.9.14.16, north of Shahpur (Bugti Hills), Dera Bugti-Nasirabad border area, Baluchistan, ca. 28°45′N 68°25′E, ca. 100 m, female, pres. [“P.”] W. T. Blanford; BMNH 1891.9.14.17, same data, male; SMF 62928, Band Murad Khan (on Hab River), Karachi, Sindh, 25°06′N 67°00′E, ca. 30 m, subad. female, M. G. Konieczny. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Ventrals 230 – 247 (males 230 – 246, females 234 – 247), subcaudals 133 – 148 (133 – 143, ≥ 134 – 148), sum thereof 363 – 395 (363 – 389, ≥ 368 – 395). Dorsals in 19-19-13 rows (three or four reductions). Dorsum transversely blotched or with six longitudinal rows of alternating spots, posterior trunk devoid of pattern. Platyceps sindhensis differs from sympatric congenerics (P. r. rhodorachis, P. ventromaculatus) in, for instance, far higher ventral and subcaudals counts (see Comparison and Distribution, Distinction in SCHÄTTI et al. 2014). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Mertens, R. 1969. Die Amphibien und Reptilien West-Pakistans. Stuttgart. Beitr. Naturk. 197: 1-96 - get paper here
  • Minton, S. A. Jr. 1966. A contribution to the herpetology of West Pakistan. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist., 134: 29-184. - get paper here
  • Schätti, Beat; Frank Tillack & Christoph Kucharzewski 2014. Platyceps rhodorachis (Jan, 1863) – a study of the racer genus Platyceps Blyth, 1860 east of the Tigris (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae). Vertebrate Zoology 64 (3): 297-405 - get paper here
  • Wall, F. 1914. A popular treatise on the common Indian snakes. Part XXII [Zamenis fasciolatus, Z. ventrimaculatus]. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 23 (1): 34 – 43 - get paper here
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