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Alai! Alai! - a new species of the Gloydius halys (Pallas, 1776) complex (Viperidae, Crotalinae), including a brief review of the complex
Villanova Univ, Dept Biol, 800 Lancaster Ave, Villanova, PA 19085 USA.;Zool Staatssammlung Munchen, Munchhauenstr 21, D-81247 Munich, Germany..
Univ Erlangen Nurnberg, Schlosspl 6, D-91054 Erlangen, Germany..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Evolutionary Biology. Univ Lausanne, Dept Ecol & Evolut, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland..
Russian Acad Sci, Inst Zool, Univ Skaya Nab 1, St Petersburg 199034, Russia..
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2016 (English)In: Amphibia-Reptilia, ISSN 0173-5373, E-ISSN 1568-5381, Vol. 37, no 1, 15-31 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
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During a scientific field expedition to the Alai-Pamir range five specimens of the genus Gloydius have been collected in the larger Alai. A morphological and genetical examination of the specimens has shown that they are part of the G. halys complex, but represent a new taxon which is characterized by the following unique character combination: It is a slender and moderately stout small snake, up to 479 mm total length. The head has nine symmetrical plates on the upper head, 7 supralabial and 8-9 infralabial scales. Body scales in 20-22 rows around midbody, 143-156 ventral and 35-45 usually paired subcaudal scales. The cloacal plate not divided. The general coloration consists of various different tones of olive, tan and brown, having a distinct head, but an indistinct body pattern with, excluding the tail, 26-29 transverse crossbands, which are not extending to the sides of the body. The haplotype network shows the new species within the G. halys complex and close related to both, G. h. halys and G. h. caraganus. So far the new described species is only known from the Alai range. However, various Gloydius specimens are found in Kyrgyzstan and because of the complicated taxonomy those specimens have to re-identified to clarify their status and the status of the new species.

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2016. Vol. 37, no 1, 15-31 p.
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Alai, Central Asia, Crotalinae, Gloydius sp n., Kyrgyzstan, Viperidae
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-282393DOI: 10.1163/15685381-00003026ISI: 000370953600003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-282393DiVA: diva2:917024
Available from: 2016-04-05 Created: 2016-04-05 Last updated: 2016-04-05Bibliographically approved

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