The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.

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pdf 05. New observations on the Elaphe snakes from Amorgos (Cyclades, Greece) and the validity of Elaphe rechingeri Werner as an endemic species


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Authors: Richard Clark

Abstract: Three specimens of Elaphe quatuorlineata (Lacepede) and three referable to the disputed taxon Elaphe rechingeri Werner were caught on the Cycladean island of Amorgos in April 1 993. Analysis of this and earlier material collected by the author reveals the taxa are non-synonymous and separable chromatically, morphologically and in head scalation. A new definition of E. rechingeri is given. The status of E. quatuorlineata is discussed but no decision taken pending the need for further research. The study is presented against past debate on the Amorgos Elaphe snakes, island physiography, sympatric herpetofauna and the urgency for conservation measures.


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