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"Vipera latifii"

Vipera latifii. (2009, February 27). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:56, January 27, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Vipera_latifii&oldid=273635858

Vipera latifii is a venomous viper species endemic in Iran. No subspecies are currently recognized.[4]

For adult males, the maximum length is 78 cm, for females 70 cm.[2]

Holotype: SMF 62585.[1]

Iran: upper Lar Valley in the Elburz Mountains. The type locality is listed as "Hochtal von Lar (2180-2900 m Höhe), südwestlisch des Demavend-Gipfels im Elburs-Gebirge, nordöstlich von Tehran, Iran" [High valley of the Lar (2180-2900 m), southwest of the Demavend Peak in the Elburz Mountains, northwest of Tehran, Iran].[1]

This species is classified Vulnerable (VU) according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species with the following criteria: B1+2c (v2.3, 1994).[5] This indicates that the extent of occurrence is estimated to be less than 20,000 km², or the area of occupancy is estimated to be less than 2,000 km². Estimates indicate that the total population is severely fragmented or known to exist at no more than ten locations. Also, a continuing decline is inferred, observed or projected in the area, extent and/or quality of its habitat. Year assessed: 1996.[6]

Rocky habitats at 2180-2900 m altitude.[1]

Vipera latifii. (2009, February 27). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:56, January 27, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Vipera_latifii&oldid=273635858

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