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Telescopus rhinopoma (BLANFORD, 1874)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Indian Desert Tiger Snake 
SynonymDipsas rhinopoma BLANFORD 1874: 34
Tarbophis rhinopoma — BOULENGER 1895
Dipsadomorphus jollyi WALL 1914 (fide SMITH 1943)
Tarbophis rhinopoma — SCHMIDT 1939
Tarbophis rhinopoma — SMITH 1943: 360
Telescopus rhinopoma — MINTON 1962
Telescopus rhynopoma — ANANJEVA et al. 1988: 10888
Telescopus rhinopoma — DAS 1996: 59
Telescopus rhinopoma — ANANJEVA et al. 2006
Telescopus rhinopoma — WALLACH et al. 2014: 712 
DistributionW/NW Pakistan, S Iran, SW Afghanistan, S Turkmenistan (single record)

Type locality: Karman, S. Persia  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.1.5.10, ZSI 3500 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Usually 23 longitudinal rows of scales around midbody; ventrals 251-283; subcaudals 71-84. (Leviton et al. 1992) 
CommentDistribution: For a map see Sindaco et al. 2013. 
  • Ananjeva, NB, Orlov NL; Khalikov RG; Darevsky IS; Ryabov IS & Barabanov AV 2006. The Reptiles of North Eurasia. Taxonomic Diversity, Distribution, Conservation Status [this comprises the territory of the former Soviet Union and Mongolia]. Pensoft Series Faunistica 47, 250 pp.
  • Blanford, W.T. 1874. Descriptions of new Reptilia and Amphibia from Persia and Baluchistan. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (4) 14: 31-35 - get paper here
  • Böhme, W. 1977. Further specimens of the rare cat snake, Telescopus rhinopoma (Blanford 1874) (Reptilia, Serpentes, Colubridae). Journal of Herpetology 11 (2): 201-205. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1896. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum, Vol. 3. London (Taylor & Francis), xiv + 727 pp. - get paper here
  • Boulenger,G.A. 1895. An addition to the ophidian fauna of India (Tarbophis rhinopoma, Blanf.). J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc.. ix: 325 - get paper here
  • Jablonski, D., & Masroor, R. 2019. The easternmost distribution and highest elevation record of the rare Desert Cat Snake Telescopus rhinopoma (Reptilia: Colubridae) in Pakistan. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 11(1), 13180-13183 - get paper here
  • Leviton,A.E.; Anderson,S.C.; Adler, K.; Minton,S.A. 1992. Handbook to Middle East Amphibians and Reptiles. SSAR, Oxford, Ohio (Contr. to Herpetol. No. 8), 1-252
  • Rajabizadeh, M. 2017. Snakes of Iran. [in Farsi] Tehran: Iranshenasi, 496 pp. [2018 ?] - get paper here
  • RASTEGAR-POUYANI, NASRULLAH; HAJI GHOLI KAMI, MEHDI RAJABZADEH, SOHEILA SHAFIEI AND STEVEN CLEMENT ANDERSON 2008. Annotated Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles of Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 4 (1): 7-30
  • Schmidt,K.P. 1939. Reptiles and amphibians from Southwestern Asia. Publ. Field Mus. nat. Hist., zool. Ser., 24: 49-92 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R.; Alberto Venchi & Cristina Grieco 2013. The Reptiles of the Western Palearctic, Volume 2: Annotated Checklist and Distributional Atlas of the Snakes of Europe, North Africa, Middle East and Central Asia, with an Update to Volume 1. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 543 pp. - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1943. The Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma, Including the Whole of the Indo-Chinese Sub-Region. Reptilia and Amphibia. 3 (Serpentes). Taylor and Francis, London. 583 pp.
  • Wall, F. 1913. A new snake from Baluchistan (Dipsadomorphus jollyi). J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 23: 166 - 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.
  • Werner, F. 1917. Reptilien aus Persien (Provinz Fars). Verhandlungen der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien, 67:191—220. - get paper here
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