Contribution to the Distribution and Morphology of Pelias darevskii (Vedmederja, Orlov et Tuniyev 1986) (Reptilia: Squamata: Viperidae) in Northeastern Anatolia

Aziz Avcı, Çetin Ilgaz, Şağdan Başkaya, İbrahim Baran, Yusuf Kumlutaş

Abstract


Two specimens of the viper P. darevskii which is only known from two localities are recorded from Posof, Ardahan, northeastern Anatolia. The meristic and metric characters and the color-pattern features of the viper specimens of P. darevskii captured from a new locality are given in detail and compared with the specimens from other localities with regard to literature. The present record of P. darevskii extends from its known distribution (Zekeriya Village, 26 km SE of Ardanuç, Artvin) almost 85 km distance to the north-east direction in northeastern Anatolia.

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Pelias darevskii; viper; distribution; morphology; northeastern Anatolia; Turkey

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.30906/1026-2296-2019-17-%25s-1-7

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