On the Species of Pseudocerastes (Ophidia: Viperidae) in Iran

Behzad Fathinia, Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani

Abstract


After description of Pseudocerastes urarachnoides from western Iran, and based on new evidence, elevation of both traditional subspecies of Pseudocerastes persicus (P. p. persicus and P. p. fieldi) to the specific level (i.e., P. persicus and P. fieldi) was further supported. With regards to these taxonomic changes, we decided to make a new key to the species of this genus based on obvious morphological differences.


Keywords


Iran; Pseudocerastes; subspecies; taxa

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