A new distribution record for the rare Maynard's Longnose Sand Snake, Lytorhynchus maynardi Alcock and Finn, 1896 from Nikshahr, southeastern Iran

Ali Salemi, Nastaran Heidari, Mohammad Jahan Mahin

Abstract


A new record of the rare Maynard's Longnose Sand Snake, Lytorhynchus maynardi Alcock and Finn, 1896 from Nikshahr, southeastern Iran is presented in this paper. Distance of collected specimens in this study is 580 km far away from the previous reports of this species. The vegetation of the site is typical of low- and semi-intensive pastures with the dominant plants in the area being Artemisia, Tamarix, Acanthophyllum, and Peganum. Several other nocturnal reptile species, such as Echis carinatus, Teratoscincus microlepis, Spalerosophis diadema, and Bunopus tuberculatus were found syntopically with L. maynardi at the locality. We also provided complete biometry data for three individuals and an update for the distribution of this species in Iran.


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