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Moradi N, Shafiei Bafti S, Sehhatisabet M E, Zadhoush B, Rastegar-Pouyani E. Contribution to the knowledge of the genus Lytorhynchus Peters, 1863 (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae) with special reference to the Iranian taxa. JAD 2023; 5 (4) :15-31
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1- Iranian Plateau Herpetology Research Group (IPHRG), Faculty of Sciences, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran , n.ophidia.007@gmail.com
2- Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Iran
3- Department of the Environment of Iran, Provincial Office of Kerman, Iran
4- Department of Fisheries and Environment, Gorgan University of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, Iran
5- Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Hakim Sabzevari University, Sabzevar, Iran
Abstract:   (2376 Views)
The genus Lytorhynchus, spanning from the Sahara’s western fringes to the Middle East, eastern Pakistan, and northwestern India, has seen numerous species and subspecies classifications over the years. Many of these have been deemed synonymous due to overlapping morphological traits, a problem compounded by the absence of a comprehensive phylogenetic study. The taxa residing in Iran exhibit morphological variations attributable to their broad distribution and disjunct populations. Of the seven recognized species, three have been confirmed in Iran, although some populations display pholidosis distinct from initial descriptions. Species identification has also been fraught with ambiguities. This study aims to elucidate the diagnostic characteristics of taxa and furnish an updated identification key by revisiting past studies and examining new voucher specimens. The biogeography of Iranian taxa is also explored.

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Received: 2023/07/28 | Accepted: 2023/12/20 | Published: 2023/12/31

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