New Record of Walterinnesia aegyptia Lataste, 1887 (Ophidia: Elapidae: Bungarinae) in Turkey

Ismail H. Uğurtaş, Theodore J. Papenfuss, Nikolai L. Orlov


During a night excursion on September 8, 2000, in southern Turkey, 4 km from the town Şanliurfa (= Urfa) (by the highway towards the town Gaziantep), adult female Walterinnesia aegyptia was collected. It is the first record for the monotypic genus Walterinnesia and supplement of the family Elapidae to the herpetofauna of Turkey. Detailed description of this specimen (CAS N220647) is presented.


Reptilia; Serpentes; Elapidae; Bungarinae; Walterinnesia aegyptia; distribution; Turkey

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