Project 2813: T. MAZUCH, J. ŠMÍD, T. PRICE, P. FRÝDLOVÁ, A. I. AWALE, H. S. ELMI, D. FRYNTA. 2018. New records of one of the least known snakes, Telescopus pulcher (Squamata: Colubridae) from the Horn of Africa. Zootaxa. 4462 (4):483.
Specimen: Telescopus pulcher (Giuseppe Scortecci, 1935) (NMP:75609)
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Abstract

Telescopus pulcher is an enigmatic colubrid snake only known from the holotype and paratype specimens described from 'Migiurtinia' in Puntland (Somalia) in 1935.
Herein we record the third and fourth-ever known specimens of this species from the Toon village, Wooqooyi Galbeed Region, and 15 km southeast of Sheikh, Saahil Region, Somaliland. The species is endemic to Somaliland and adjoining parts of Ethiopia and Puntland. Data on morphology and natural history, as well as the first life photographs are provided. We also provide a detailed description of the paratype. The coloration of the species resembles that of the vipers of the genus Echis and we hypothetise that T. pulcher mimics these common and sympatric vipers in the Horn of Africa.


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Article DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4462.4.2

Project DOI: 10.7934/P2813, http://dx.doi.org/10.7934/P2813
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    • Charles University in Prague

    • National Museum in Prague

    • Hargeisa University

    • Candlelight for Environment, Education & Health (CEEH)

    • Amoud University

    • National Institute of Mental Health, Czech Republic



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