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Echis carinatus astolae

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Echis carinatus astolae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Viperidae
Subfamily: Viperinae
Genus: Echis
Species: E. carinatus
Subspecies: E. c. astolae
Trinomial name
Echis carinatus astolae
Mertens, 1970
Synonyms
  • Echis carinatus astolae - Mertens, 1970
  • Echis sochureki astolae - Cherlin, 1983
  • Echis [(Turanechis)] sochureki astolae - Cherlin, 1990
  • Echis carinata astolae - Das, 1996[1]

Common names: Astola saw-scaled viper.[2]  
 
Echis carinatus astolae is a venomous viper subspecies[3] endemic to Astola Island off the coast of Pakistan.[1]

Description

The color pattern consists of a series of dark brown dorsal blotches on a whitish background, laterally 1-3 rows of dark brown spots with no light arcs. On the head, there is a three-pronged, light mark directed towards the snout. From the temporals, a light lateral line meets at frontal region, giving a branch to the snout.[2]

Geographic range

Found only on Astola Island, off the coast of Makran, Pakistan. The type locality is the same: "Insel Astola, Makrankuste, West-Pakistan" [Astola Island (25o 07'N; 63o 51'E) off the Makran coast, Pakistan].[1]

See also

Cited references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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 Saw-scaled Viper, ... at Wildlife of Pakistan, Accessed 3 August 2006.
  3. Echis carinatus astolae (TSN 635288) at Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Accessed 8 April 2007.

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