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Published: 2018-08-29

New records of one of the least known snakes, Telescopus pulcher (Squamata: Colubridae) from the Horn of Africa

Dříteč 65, 53305, Czech Republic
Department of Zoology, National Museum, Cirkusová 1740, Prague, Czech Republic Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
P.O.Box 8292, Kampala, Uganda
Dříteč 65, 53305, Czech Republic Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Hargeisa University, Hargeisa, Republic of Somaliland Candlelight for Environment, Education & Health (CEEH), Hargeisa, Republic of Somaliland
Amoud University, Boorama, Republic of Somaliland
Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Reptilia Distribution Somaliland Migiurtinophis Somalia Tarbophis Migiurtinia Echis Batesian mimicry

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 recorded the third and fourth-ever known specimens of this species from the Toon village, Woqooyi 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 photographs of live specimens 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 hypothesize that T. pulcher mimics these common and sympatric vipers in the Horn of Africa.

 

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How to Cite

MAZUCH, T., ŠMÍD, J., PRICE, T., FRÝDLOVÁ, P., AWALE, A. I., ELMI, H. S. A., & FRYNTA, D. (2018). New records of one of the least known snakes, <em>Telescopus</em> <em>pulcher</em> (Squamata: Colubridae) from the Horn of Africa. Zootaxa, 4462(4), 483–496. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4462.4.2