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Amphiesma beddomei (GÜNTHER, 1864)

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Higher TaxaNatricidae, Colubroidea, Serpentes (snakes) 
Common NamesNilgiri Keelback, Beddome’s Keelback 
SynonymTropidonotus beddomii GÜNTHER 1864: 269 (nom. nov. pro Spilotes vittatus)
Spilotes vittatus BEDDOME 1863
Tropidonotus beddomei — BOULENGER 1890
Natrix beddomei — SMITH 1943: 306
Amphiesma beddomei — DAS 1996: 53
Amphiesma beddomei — MURTHY 2010 
DistributionIndia (Maharashtra, Western Ghats, Kerala) Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesType: BMNH 1946.1.15.32 (and possibly additional specimens). 
CommentNomenclature: The name Spilotes vittatus is preoccupied by Tropidonotus vittatus - BOIE 1827 = Xenochrophis vittata (L.).

The original description is available online (see link below). 
EtymologyNamed after Richard Henry Beddome, 1830–1911, British army officer and botanist. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, George A. 1890. The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. Taylor & Francis, London, xviii, 541 pp. - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1864. The Reptiles of British India. London (Taylor & Francis), xxvii + 452 pp. - get paper here
  • Inger, Robert F.;Shaffer, H. Bradley;Koshy, Mammen;Bakde, Ramesh 1984. A report on a collection of amphibians and reptiles from the Ponmudi, Kerala, South India. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 81 (3): 551-570 - get paper here
  • Murthy, T.S.N. 2010. The reptile fauna of India. B.R. Publishing, New Delhi, 332 pp.
  • Sharma, R. C. 2004. Handbook Indian Snakes. AKHIL BOOKS, New Delhi, 292 pp.
  • Smith, M.A. 1943. The Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma, Including the Whole of the Indo-Chinese Sub-Region. Reptilia and Amphibia. 3 (Serpentes). Taylor and Francis, London. 583 pp.
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