Eirenis thospitis Schmidtler et Lanza, 1990 (Reptilia: Colubridae): New to Iran

Atefeh Asadi, Amin Salmanian, Mohammad Kaboli


The dwarf snakes of the colubrine genus Eirenis comprises 24 species, in which 12 to 14 species are found in Iran. Eirenis thospitis has been described on the basis of specimens which had been collected in Turkey. We found an adult male of this species in Iran, near the Marmishoo River, and about 150 km from the type locality of this species. Our new record is the fifth record of Eirenis thospitis, and the first for Iran. The two recent records of the species in Iran and Iraq indicate that the species has a broader distribution between the three countries.


Eirenis thospitis; Marmishoo valey; Iran

Full Text:



Baran İ., Ilgaz Ç., Avcı A., Kumlutaş Y., and Olgun K. (2012), Turk Amfibi Sürüngenleri [The Amphibian and Reptiles of Turkey], Tubitak Popüler Bilim Kitapları, Ankara [in Turkish].

Mahlow K., Tillack F., Schmidtler J. F., and Müller J. (2013), «An annotated checklist, description and key to the dwarf snakes of the genus Eirenis Jan, 1863 (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae), with special emphasis on the dentition», Vertebr. Zool., 63, 41 – 85.

Mohamad S. I. and Afrasiab S. R. (2015), «Two new record of Dwarf snakes of the genus Eirenis Jan (Reptilia, Colubridae) in Iraqi Kurdistan (North and Northeastern of Iraq) with annotated checklist, for the genus Eirenis in Iraq», Bull. Iraq Nat. Hist. Mus., 13(3), 77 – 83.

Mozaffari O., Kamali K., and Fahimi H. (2016), The Atlas of Reptiles of Iran, Kharazmibranch Press, Tehran.

Nagy Z. T., Schmidtler J. F., Joger U., and Wink M. (2003), «Systematik der Zwergnattern (Reptilia: Colubridae: Eirenis) und verwandter Gruppen anhand von DNA-Sequenzen und morphologischen Daten», Salamandra, 39, 149 – 168.

Rajabizadeh M., Nagy N. T., Adriaens D., Avcı A., Masroor R., Schmidtler J., Nazarov R., Esmaeili H. R., and Christiaens J. (2016), «Alpine-Himalayan orogeny drove correlated diversification in the Persian dwarf snake (Squamata: Serpentes: Eirenis persicus)», Zool. J. Linn. Soc. Lond., 176, 878 – 913.

Rajabizadeh M. (2018), Snakes of Iran, Iranshenasi Press, Tehran.

Schmidtler J. F. and Lanza B. (1990), «A new dwarf-snake (Eirenis) from Lake Van in Eastern Turkey», Amphibia– Reptilia, 11, 363 – 371.

Tok V., Ugurtas I., Sevinç M., Böhme W., Crochet P. A., Kaska Y., Kumlutaş Y., Kaya U., Avcı A., Üzüm N., Yeniyurt C., and Akarsu F. (2009), «Eirenis thospitis», in: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T164635A5913777. DOI: 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009. RLTS.T164635A5913777.en

DOI: https://doi.org/10.30906/1026-2296-2020-27-6-369-372


  • There are currently no refbacks.

You can subscribe to the print or electronic version of the journal on the site of EastView Company. If you have any questions, please write to the email sales@ivis.ru