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Telescopus tripolitanus (WERNER, 1909)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesG: Ägyptische Katzennatter 
SynonymLeptodira tripolitana WERNER 1909
Tarbophis guidimakaensis CHABANAUD 1916
Pseudotarbophis gabesi DOMERGUE 1955 (nom. emend.)
Pseudotarbophis gabesiensis — DOMERGUE 1959 [in error]
Telescopus tripolitanus — TRAPE & MANÉ 2002
Telescopus guidimakaensis — GENIEZ et al. 2004
Telescopus tripolitanus — VENCHI & SINDACO 2006
Telescopus guidimakaensis — PADIAL 2006
Telescopus tripolitanus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 713
Telescopus tripolitanus — ŠMÍD et al. 2019 
DistributionMorocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, N Nigeria (TRAPE & MANÉ 2002, 2006), Central African Republic (Birao, L. Chirio, pers. comm., 23 Aug 2013), Libya, Republic of South Sudan (RSS), Sudan (Jumhūriyyat)

Type locality: Tripoli

guidimakaensis: Mauritania (Guidimaka), Western Sahara  
TypesHolotype: lost (fide V. Wallach, pers. comm.) 
CommentSynonymy: Partly after Crochet al. 2008. Has been synonymized with T. obtusus. Populations from Morocco previously have been called T. dhara.

Distribution: For a map see Sindaco et al. 2013. 
  • Barata, Mafalda; Ana Perera, D. James Harris, Arie van der Meijden, Salvador Carranza, Francisco Ceacero, Enrique García-Muñoz, Duarte Gonçalves, Sérgio Henriques, Fátima Jorge, Jonathan C. Marshall, Luis Pedrajas and Pedro Sousa 2011. New observations of amphibians and reptiles in Morocco, with a special emphasis on the eastern region. Herpetological Bulletin (116): 4 - get paper here
  • Bauer, Aaron M.; Jonathan C. DeBoer , Dylan J. Taylor 2017. Atlas of the Reptiles of Libya. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 64 (8): 155-318 - get paper here
  • Chabanaud,P. 1916. Description d’un serpent nouveau de Mauritanie saharienne. Bull. Mus. natn. Hist. nat. Paris 1916: 77-78 - get paper here
  • Chippaux, Jean-Philippe & Kate Jackson 2019. Snakes of Central and Western Africa. Johns Hopkins University Press, 448 pp. [detaileld review in HR 51 (1): 161] - get paper here
  • Chirio, L. 2009. Inventaire des reptiles de la région de la Réserve de Biosphère Transfrontalière du W (Niger/Bénin/Burkina Faso: Afrique de l’Ouest). [Herpetological survey of the W Transfrontier Biosphere Reserve area (Niger/Benin/Burkina Faso: West Africa]. Bull. Soc. Herp. France (132): 13-41 - get paper here
  • CROCHET, PIERRE-ANDRE; JENS B. RASMUSSEN, THOMAS WILMS, PHILIPPE GENIEZ, JEAN-FRANCOIS TRAPE & WOLFGANG BOHME 2008. Systematic status and correct nomen of the western North African cat snake: Telescopus tripolitanus (Werner, 1909) (Serpentes: Colubridae), with comments on the other taxa in the dhara-obtusus group. Zootaxa 1703: 25-46 - get paper here
  • Domergue, C. 1955. Note sur un serpent nouveau: Pseudotarbophis gabesi n. sp. Bull. Soc. Sci. Nat. Tunisie 12: 71-72
  • Domergue, C. 1959. Clé de determination des serpents de Tunisie et Afrique du Nord. Arch. Inst. Pasteur tunis 36: 163-172
  • Geniez, P.; Mateo, J.A.; Geniez, M. & Pether, J. 2004. The amphibians and reptiles of the Western Sahara (former Spanish Sahara) and adjacent regions. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 228 pp. [reviewed in Reptilia GB 44: 81]
  • Kane, Daniel; Steve Goodwin, Gerrit Jan Verspui, Anniek Tump, Gabriel Martínez del Mármol Marín 2019. Reptile diversity of southern Morocco: range extensions and the role of the Djebel Ouarkziz as a biogeographical barrier. Herpetology Notes 12: 787-793 - get paper here
  • Kramer, E. & H. SCHNURRENBERGER 1963. Systematik, Verbreitung und Ökologie der Libyschen Schlangen. Rev. Sui. Zool. 70 (3): 453-568 - get paper here
  • Martínez del Mármol, Gabriel; D. James Harris, Philippe Geniez, Philip de Pous, and Daniele Salvi 2019. Amphibians and Reptiles of Morocco. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 478 pp - get paper here
  • Padial, J. M. 2006. COMMENTED DISTRIBUTIONAL LIST OF THE REPTILES OF MAURITANIA (WEST AFRICA). Graellsia, 62(2): 159-178 - 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
  • 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
  • Sochurek,E. 1979. Die Schlangen Nordafrikas. Mitt. Zool. Ges. Braunau 3 (8/9): 219-226
  • Trape J-F and Mané Y. 2015. The snakes of Niger. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 9(2) [Special Section]: 39–55 (e110) - get paper here
  • Trape, J.-F. & Mané, Y. 2002. Les serpents du Sénégal: liste commentée des espèces. Bull. Soc. Pathol. Exot. 95 (3): 148-150
  • TRAPE, JEAN-FRANÇOIS & CELLOU BALDÉ 2014. A checklist of the snake fauna of Guinea, with taxonomic changes in the genera Philothamnus and Dipsadoboa (Colubridae) and a comparison with the snake fauna of some other West African countries. Zootaxa 3900 (3): 301–338 - get paper here
  • Trape, Jean-François & Youssouph Mané 2017. The snakes of Mali. Bonn zoological Bulletin 66 (2): 107–133 - get paper here
  • Venchi, Alberto and Roberto Sindaco 2006. Annotated checklist of the reptiles of the Mediterranean countries, with keys to species identification. Part 2 -Snakes (Reptilia, Serpentes). Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale "G. Doria", Genova, XCVIII: 259-364
  • 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. 1909. Reptilien, Batrachier und Fische von Tripoli und Barka. Zool. Jahrb. Syst. 27: 593-646 - get paper here
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