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| Echis hughesi|
Common names: Hughes' carpet viper, Somali carpet viper, Hughes' saw-scaled viper.
Echis hughesi is a venomous viper species found in only in Somalia. No subspecies are currently recognized.
Grows to about 21-32 cm in length. The head scalation is similar to that of E. pyramidum. Midbody, there are 24-25 dorsal scales. The ventrals number 144-149 and the subcaudals 28-30. The color pattern varies, but generally consists of a series of pale, oblique, dorsal blotches set against a darker ground color.
Found only in northern Somalia, in northern Migiurtinia, near Meledin. The type locality is listed as "Somalia, 10o02' [N lat.], 49o [E long.]." Migiurtinia was the name of a region, or gobolka, in Somalia that is currently known as Bari and occupies about 70.000 km2 of the tip of the Horn of Africa.
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- Mallow D, Ludwig D, Nilson G. 2003. True Vipers: Natural History and Toxinology of Old World Vipers. Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, Florida. 359 pp. ISBN 0-89464-877-2.
- Species Echis Hughesi at the Species2000 Database
- Echis hughesi (TSN 634969) at Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Accessed 11 April 2007.
- Regions of Somalia at Statoids.com: Administrative Divisions of Countries