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    Posted: 13 Jan 2004 at 1:33pm
Tony,

I would have thought the V. ursinii complex (V. renardi etc.) and Gloydius in C. Asia would be obvious potential examples. Also V. latifii and Gloydius in the Elburz Mtns of northern Iran. Goran Nilson and Nikolai Orlov would have more info.

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Hi Tony,

In S-W Romania in some areas V. berus and V. ammodytes are sympatric. And the yhybridise. Hybrids look like V. aspis, but not all. Some are berus-like and some ammodytes-like.

The altitude is low (4-600 m asl) and the microhabitat  consists of rocky slopes with scree, rock plies and bushes.

Ioan 

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At this time, there is little information published.

Ghira, I., 1991 -External morphology of some isolated populations of Vipera ammodytes ammodytes (Linnaeus,1758) at the northern limit of its areal, Proc.Sixth Ord.Gen.Meet., S.E.H.,Budapest,p.183-186

  Venczel, M., Ghira, I., 1994  -A preliminary study on the osteology of nose-horned viper (Vipera ammodytes ammodytes L.1758) from Boiu de Sus, Romania, "Sargetia" Series Sciencia Naturae, XVI,p.145-150

    Ghira, I., 1994 -Morphological features, ecological aspects and phylogenetic implications of a natural hybrid population of vipers (Vipera ammodytes ammodytes x Vipera berus berus) in Romania, Abstracts, Second World Comgress of Herpetology, Adelaide, South-Australia, p.97 

We try to do molecular analyses (DNA sequencing), habitat prefferences of hybrids and venom analyses.

If you think it could be written in your book, it is OK. Please let me know what details (including photos) you need.

Ioan

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