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Walterinnesia morgani (MOCQUARD, 1905)

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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymNaja morgani MOCQUARD 1905
Atractaspis wilsoni WALL 1908: 804
Naia morgani — BOULENGER 1920
Walterinnesia morgani — NILSON & RASTEGAR-POUYANI 2007
Walterinnesia morgani — WALLACH et al. 2014: 793
Walterinnesia aegyptia morgani — RAJABIZADEH 2018 
DistributionSyria, W Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, S Turkey (Urfa), Kuwait, Qatar

Type locality: “Arabistan, Perse” = Khuzestan, Iran.  
TypesSyntypes: MNHN-RA 1904.0562-0566 (5 specimens) 

Synonymy: Has been considered as a synonym of Walterinnesia aegyptia until recently.

Distribution: The eastern populations (from Turkey and Saudi Arabia to Iran) were found to differ consistently from those further west (Egypt, Israel, Jordan) in having lower scale row counts around the neck (21-23, vs. usually 25-27 in western populations), and in having a banded juvenile pattern (uniform in western populations). Nilson & Rastegar-Pouyani therfore recognise the eastern form as a distinct species of Walterinnesia, Walterinnesia morgani (Mocquard, 1905). Not in the United Arab Emirates fide Burriel-Carranza et al. 2019. For a map see Sindaco et al. 2013. In Qatar fide Wikipedia. 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of type specimens, “M. Morgan”. 
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