Echis jogeri

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Echis jogeri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Viperidae
Subfamily: Viperinae
Genus: Echis
Species: E. jogeri
Binomial name
Echis jogeri
Cherlin, 1990
Synonyms
  • Echis [(Toxicoa)] jogeri - Cherlin, 1990[1]

Common names: Joger's carpet viper, Mali carpet viper,[2] Joger's saw-scaled viper.[3]  
 
Echis jogeri is a venomous viper species found only in Mali. No subspecies are currently recognized.[4]

Description

This species is relatively small, averaging only about 30 cm in length. Its build, however, is relatively stout, the cross-section of which is cylindrical or subtriangular. The scalation of the head is similar to that of E. leucogaster. Midbody, the dorsal scale rows number 27. The ventral scales number 123-136. Coloration and pattern are both variable, ranging from brown to gray to reddish and everything in between. It generally consists of a series of light, oblique, dorsal crossbars or saddles set against a darker ground color. The flanks are lighter in color, normally with a series of triangular, subtriangular or circular, dark markings with light or white edges. The belly is an unbroken pale cream, white or ivory.[2]

Geographic range

Found in western and central Mali. The type locality is listed as "Mali, 3 km ot [from] Tombuktu [Timbuktu]."[1]

See also

Cited references

  1. 1.0 1.1 McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. 1. Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  2. 2.0 2.1 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.
  3. Species Echis jogeri at the Species2000 Database
  4. Echis jogeri (TSN 634970) at Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Accessed 11 April 2007.