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Spalerosophis josephscorteccii LANZA, 1964

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Scortecci's Diadem Snake 
SynonymSpalerosophis josephscorteccii LANZA 1964
Spalerosophis josephscorteccii — LANZA 1978: 287
Spalerosophis josephscorteccii — GASPERETTI 1988
Spalerosophis josephscorteccii — SCHÄTTI et al. 2009
Spalerosophis josephscorteccii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 683 
DistributionNE Somalia

Type locality: Galgalo oasis, NW Somalia ((11°00'N, 49°03'E)  
TypesHolotype: MZUF 2587, a 998 mm male (G. Scortecci, autumn 1953). 
CommentThis “is a dimorphic species with a spotted and an uniform phase. In fact, one of the 2 new specimens (n. 6061 M.F.), nearly identical to the type material, was a very light pearl-grey colour and showed only a faint pattern on head and neck (Fig. 37), while the other (n. 6062 M.F.) had an elegant series of brown blotches all over the body, 43 on the trunk and a score on the tail (Figs 39, 40).” (from LANZA 1978: 288).

Distribution: see map in Yadollahvandmiandoab at al. 2022: Fig. 3. 
EtymologyNamed after Prof. Giuseppe Scortecci, 1898-1973, Italian herpetologist and the collector of the type. Lanza does not comment on why he uses “joseph” in the name. 
  • Baig, Khalid J. and Rafaqat Masroor 2008. The snakes of the genus Spalerosophis Jan, 1865 in Indo-Pakistan and Iran (Squamata: Serpentes: Colubridae). Herpetozoa 20 (3/4): 109-115 [2007] - get paper here
  • Lanza B 1978. On some new or interesting east African amphibians and reptiles. Monitore Zoologico Italiano supplemento 10 (14): 229-297 - get paper here
  • Lanza, B. 1964. Il genere Sphalerosophis e descrizione di una nuova specie (Reptilia, Serpentes). Monit. zool. ital. 72: 47-64.
  • Lanza, B. 1990. Amphibians and reptiles of the Somali Democratic Republic: check list and biogeography. Biogeographia, 14: 407-465 [1988] - get paper here
  • Schätti, B.; Tillack, F. & Helfenberger, N. 2009. A contribution to Spalerosophis microlepis JAN 1865, with a short review of the genus and a key to the species (Squamata: Serpentes: Colubridae). Herpetozoa 22 (3/4): 115-135 - 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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