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Argyrogena fasciolata (SHAW, 1802)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Banded Racer
G: Gebänderte Zornnatter 
SynonymColuber fasciolatus SHAW 1802: 528
Coluber hebe DAUDIN 1803 (fide SMITH 1943)
Coluber curvirostris CANTOR 1839 (fide SMITH 1943)
Zamenis fasciolatus — GÜNTHER 1864: 254
Zamenis fasciolatus — BOULENGER 1893: 404
Zamenis fasciolatus — WALL 1921: 191
Argyrogena rostrata WERNER 1924: 51 (fide SMITH 1928, 1943)
Coluber fasciolatus — SMITH 1928: 495
Coluber fasciolatus — SMITH 1943: 170
Coluber fasciolatus — MINTON 1966
Argyrogena fasciolata — WILSON 1967
Argyrogena fasciolatus — DAS 1996: 54
Tyria fasciolata (fide WALL 1921)
Argyrogena fasciolatus — SHARMA 2004
Argyrogena fasciolata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 54
Argerogene faciolata — THAKUR & WARGHAT 2016 (in error) 
DistributionIndia (Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra (Ghorawadi, Marunji, Aurangabad)), Kerala, Andhra Pradesh,Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu),
Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal , Bangladesh

Type locality: “India” 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.
TypesLectotype: Russell 1796, plate 21 (fide KRAMER 1977) 
CommentShaw’s description was based on a plate in Russell, Ind. Serp. (1796).

Synonymy: after Wallach 1988, Amphibia-Reptilia 9: 62.

Distribution: Seems to be very rare in Nepal (KRAMER 1977). Possibly in Bhutan (Lenz 2012).

Type species: Coluber fasciolatus SHAW 1802 is the type species of the genus Argyrogena WERNER 1924. 
  • Bhupathy, Subramanian & N. Sathishkumar 2013. Status of reptiles in Meghamalai and its environs, Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 5 (15): 4953-4961 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1891. On new or little known Indian and Malayan reptiles and batrachians. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 8: 288-292 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Fellows S 2015. Species Diversity of Snakes in Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve. Entomol Ornithol Herpetol 4: 136. doi:10.4172/2161-0983.1000136 - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1864. The Reptiles of British India. London (Taylor & Francis), xxvii + 452 pp. - get paper here
  • Kästle , W., Rai, K. & Schleich, H.H. 2013. FIELD GUIDE to Amphibians and Reptiles of Nepal. ARCO-Nepal e.V., 625 pp. - get paper here
  • Kramer, E. 1977. Zur Schlangenfauna Nepals. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 84 (3): 721-761. - get paper here
  • Lenz, Norbert 2012. Von Schmetterlingen und Donnerdrachen - Natur und Kultur in Bhutan. Karlsruher Naturhefte 4, Naturkundemuseum Karlsruhe, 124 pp.
  • Minton, S. A. Jr. 1966. A contribution to the herpetology of West Pakistan. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist., 134: 29-184.
  • Murthy, T.S.N. 2010. The reptile fauna of India. B.R. Publishing, New Delhi, 332 pp.
  • Palot, M.J. 2015. A checklist of reptiles of Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(13): 8010–8022 - get paper here
  • Russell, P. 1796. An account of Indian serpents collected on the coast of Coromandel, containing descriptions and drawings of each species, together with experiments and remarks on their several poisons. George Nicol, London, 90 pp. - get paper here
  • Shaw, G. 1802. General Zoology, or Systematic Natural History. Vol.3, part 2. G. Kearsley, Thomas Davison, London: 313-615 - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1928. The status of some recently described genera and species of snakes. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (10) 1: 494-496
  • 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.
  • Swan, L.W., & Leviton, A.E. 1962. The herpetology of Nepal: a history, check list, and zoogeographical analysis of the herpetofauna. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 32 (6) (4.s.): 103-147. - get paper here
  • Thakur, Punam S. &<br />Nandkishor E. Warghat 2016. Documentation of Road Killed and Rescued Harpatofauna in and Around Amravati City, Maharashtra INDIAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED RESEARCH (Zoology) 5 (10): 134-136
  • Thakur, Sanjay 2011. A note on snakes of Kanha National Park and surrounding areas. Reptile Rap (11): 2-4 - get paper here
  • Vyas, Raju 2011. Reptilian diversity in and around the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat, India. Reptile Rap (11): 5-15 - get paper here
  • Vyas, Raju 2013. Snake diversity and voluntary rescue practice in the cities of Gujarat State, India: an evaluation. Reptile Rap (15): 27-39 - get paper here
  • Vyas, Raju & Bhavesh Trivedi 2010. Three Instances of "Backward" Swallowing of Gecko Prey By Snakes. Gekko 6 (1): 14-16
  • Wall, F. 1907. Notes on Snakes collected in Fyzabad. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 18: 101-129 - get paper here
  • Wall, FRANK 1921. Ophidia Taprobanica or the Snakes of Ceylon. Colombo Mus. (H. R. Cottle, govt. printer), Colombo. xxii, 581 pages - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Werner, F. 1924. Neue oder wenig bekannte Schlangen aus dem Naturhistorischen Staatsmuseum in Wien. l. Teil. Sitzungsb. Ber. Akad. Wiss., Wien, Abt. l, 133: 29 - 56 - get paper here
  • Whitaker, A.H. 1985. Hoplodactylus kahutarae n. sp. (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from the Seaward Kaikoura Range, Marlborough, New Zealand. New Zealand J. Zool. 11: 259-270 (1984)
  • Whitaker, Romulus<br />and Ashok Captain 2004. Snakes of India. Draco Books, 500 pp., reprinted 2007 - get paper here
  • Wilson, Larry David 1967. Generic reallocation and review of Coluber fasciolatus Shaw (Serpentes: Colubridae). Herpetologica 23 (4): 260-275 - get paper here
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