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Title (Primary) A new subspecies of Zamenis hohenackeri (Strauch, 1873) (Serpentes: Colubridae) based on morphological and molecular data
Author Hofmann, S.; Mebert, K.; Schulz, K.-D.; Helfenberger, N.; Göçmen, B.; Böhme, W.;
Journal Zootaxa
Year 2018
Department NSF;
Volume 4471
Issue 1
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T12;
Keywords Reptilia, Anatolia, colour pattern, Colubridae, phylogeography, Transcaucasian rat snake, Leopard snake
Abstract Based on morphological characteristics, two subspecies of the Transcaucasian rat snake (Zamenis hohenackeri) are currently recognized, namely Z. h. tauricus and Z. h. hohenackeri. Both subspecies are repeatedly considered to be conspecific colour morphs, or have even been confused with Z. situla. Although, few studies involved the Transcaucasian rat snake in a phylogenetic approach, none has so far led to any taxonomic changes. We assessed the intraspecific morphological variation and phylogeographic relationships among specimens from different locations across its updated distribution. Our molecular (1191 bp mtDNA, 565 bp nuDNA) and morphological data provide sufficient evidence to support three distinct lineages within the Z. hohenackeri complex with a different arrangement compared to a previous study. These represent the subspecies Z. h. hohenackeri, Z. h. tauricus, and a lineage from southwestern Turkey which is described as a new subspecies. Aspects of historical biogeography and conservation status are briefly discussed.
ID 20876
Persistent UFZ Identifier http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=20876
Hofmann, S., Mebert, K., Schulz, K.-D., Helfenberger, N., Göçmen, B., Böhme, W. (2018):
A new subspecies of Zamenis hohenackeri (Strauch, 1873) (Serpentes: Colubridae) based on morphological and molecular data
Zootaxa 4471 (1), 137 - 153