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A new species of Eryx (Serpentes: Erycidae) from Iran

Faculty of Sciences, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran.
Faculty of Sciences, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran.
Faculty of Sciences, Hakim Sabzevari University, Sabzevar, Iran.
Faculty of Sciences, Hakim Sabzevari University, Sabzevar, Iran.
Faculty of Basic Science, Imam Hossien comprehensive university, Tehran, Iran.
Faculty of Basic Science, Imam Hossien comprehensive university, Tehran, Iran.
Zoological Museum, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, B. Nikitskaya 2, Moscow 125009, Russia.
Pars Herpetologists Institute, 1st floor, No. 5, Corner of Third Jahad Alley, Arash St., Jalal-e Alahmad Boulevard, Tehran, Iran.
Department of Biodiversity, Institute of Science and High Technology and Environmental Sciences, Graduate University of Advanced Technology, Kerman, Iran.
Faculty of Sciences, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran.
Wildlife and Nature Darabad Museum of Iran, Tehran, Iran.
Serpentes Eryx sistanensis sp. nov. molecular phylogeny morphology taxonomy


We describe a new species of the genus Eryx Daudin, 1803 from southern Iran that is morphologically closely related to the Indian sand boa, E. johnii. The new species, Eryx sistanensis sp. nov. has a distribution range from Zabol in the Sistan Region to the southern parts of Sistan & Baluchistan, as well as Hormozgan Province of Iran. Morphologically, E. sistanensis sp. nov. differs from E. johnii by having fewer dorsal scale rows at midbody and the tail tip is not as blunt as E. johnii. The genetic distance (p-distance) between the new species and the Indian sand boa is considerable (9.1% for cytb and 11.8% for COI).



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