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Telescopus pulcher (SCORTECCI, 1935)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Beautiful Cat Snake 
SynonymMigiurtinophis pulcher SCORTECCI 1935
Migiurtinophis pulcher — SCORTECCI 1939: 279
Telescopus pulcher — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 537
Telescopus pulcher — WALLACH et al. 2014: 712
Telescopus pulcher — ŠMÍD et al. 2019 
DistributionSomalia, Ethiopia

Type locality: "Migiurtinia (località imprecisata)."  
TypesHolotype: MSNG, a 410 mm male (N.M. Bronzi, 28 June 1930). 
CommentThis species is only known from the two type specimens, and 2 more specimen reported by Mazuch et al. 2018.

Habitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “pulcher” = beautiful, handsome, fine, fair. 
  • Harrington, Sean M; Jordyn M de Haan, Lindsey Shapiro, Sara Ruane 2018. Habits and characteristics of arboreal snakes worldwide: arboreality constrains body size but does not affect lineage diversification. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 125 (1): 61–71 - get paper here
  • Lanza, B. 1990. Amphibians and reptiles of the Somali Democratic Republic: check list and biogeography. Biogeographia, 14: 407-465 [1988] - get paper here
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 694 pp.
  • Largen,M.J. & Rasmussen,J.B. 1993. Catalogue of the snakes of Ethiopia (Reptilia Serpentes), including identification keys. Tropical Zoology 6: 313-434 - get paper here
  • Mazuch, Tomáš 2013. Amphibians and Reptiles of Somaliland and Eastern Ethiopia. Tomáš Mazuch Publishing, 80 pp. ISBN: 978-80-905439-0-4 - get paper here
  • MAZUCH, TOMÁŠ; JIŘÍ ŠMÍD, THOMAS PRICE, PETRA FRÝDLOVÁ, AHMED IBRAHIM AWALE, HASSAN SH ABDIRAHMAN ELMI, DANIEL FRYNTA 2018. New records of one of the least known snakes, Telescopus pulcher (Squamata: Colubridae) from the Horn of Africa. Zootaxa 4462 (4): 483-496 - get paper here
  • Scortecci ,G. 1939. Spedizione zoologica del Marchese Saverio patrizi nel Basso Giuba e nell'Oltre Giuba. Giugno-agosto 1934. XII. Rettili Ofidi. Annali Mus. civ. Stor. nat. Giacomo Doria 58: 263-291
  • Scortecci,G. 1935. Un nuovo genere e una nuova specie di Colubridi Opisoglifi della penisola dei Somali. Annali Mus. civ. Stor. nat. Giacomo Doria 59: 1-5
  • Šmíd, J., Göçmen, B., Crochet, P.-A., Trape, J.-F., Mazuch, T., Uvizl, M., & Nagy, Z. T. 2019. Ancient diversification, biogeography, and the role of climatic niche evolution in the Old World cat snakes (Colubridae, Telescopus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution - 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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