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 Validity of Ammodytes subspecies

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PostSubject: Validity of Ammodytes subspecies   Sat 21 Mar - 2:25

What is the current validity of Vipera ammodytes subspecies?
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PostSubject: Re: Validity of Ammodytes subspecies   Sat 21 Mar - 15:47

Hi Graeme
Alpine forms such as ruffoi, gregorwallneri and illyrica have never been widely accepted as subspecies and should be treated as synonyms of Vipera a. ammodytes.
See here: (abstract)

• URSENBACHER S., SCHWEIGER S., TOMOVIC L.,
CRNOBRNJA-ISAILOVIC J., FUMAGALLI L. & MAYER W. (2008) Molecular
phylogeography of the nose-horned viper (Vipera ammodytes, Linnaeus (1758)): Evidence for high genetic diversity and multiple refugia in the Balkan peninsula, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46 (3) 1116-1128, pdf

Finally there are ammodytes ammodytes, a. meridionalis and a. montandoni left.
URSENBACHER et al. found genetic unity in northern regions (Italy, Austria), but diversity in regions of the balcan peninsula......

full article available on www.vipersgarden.at
website of our Member Mario Schweiger (you need to register to use the literature database)

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