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Blythia reticulata (BLYTH, 1854)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, incertae sedis, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Blyth's Reticulate Snake
Chinese: 珠光蛇 
SynonymCalamaria reticulata BLYTH 1854
Blythia reticulata — THEOBALD 1868
Blythia reticulata — BOULENGER 1893: 314
Blythia reticulata — WALL 1908: 323
Aproaspidops antecursorum ANNANDALE 1912
Blythia reticulata — SMITH 1943: 339
Blythia reticulata — DAS 1996: 54
Blythia reticulata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 95 
DistributionIndia (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh (Chessa - Papum Pare district)),
Myanmar (= Burma)
China (SE Xizang = Tibet)

Type locality: ‘Asám’ (then comprising the modern day Assam State, in addition to much of the rest of north-eastern India).  
TypesSyntypes: ZSI 7028–29 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus): Theobald (1868) defined the genus by these characters: scales smooth in 13 rows; loreal and preocular missing, both replaced by a very large prefrontal; round pupil and two rows of subcaudals (after Vogel et al. 2017). 
CommentType species: Calamaria reticulata BLYTH 1854 is the type species of the genus Blythia THEOBALD 1868. 
EtymologyNamed after Edward Blyth (1810 - 1873), Curator of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. 
  • Annandale, NELSON 1912. Zoological results of the Abor Expedition, 1911-1912. Records of the Indian Museum 8 (1): 7-59 [Reptilia, pages 37-59] (supplement in same journal, 8 (4): 357-358, 1914). - get paper here
  • Blyth, EDWARD. 1855. Notices and descriptions of various reptiles, new or little known [part 2]. J. Asiatic Soc. Bengal, Calcutta, 23 (3): 287-302 [1854] - 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
  • 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
  • Das, I. 2012. A Naturalist's Guide to the Snakes of South-East Asia: Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Bali. Oxford J, ohn Beaufoy Publishing - get paper here
  • Dowling, H.G., & Jenner, J.V. 1988. Snakes of Burma: checklist of reported species and bibliography. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (76): 19 pp. - get paper here
  • O’Shea, M. 2018. The Book of Snakes. Ivy Press / Quarto Publishing, London, - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Theobald, WILLIAM 1868. Catalogue of reptiles in the Museum of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. J. Asiatic Soc. Bengal, Calcutta, 37 (extra number 146): (2), vi, 7-88 - get paper here
  • Venning, F.E.W. 1910. Further notes on snakes from the Chin Hills. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 20: 770-775 - get paper here
  • Wall,F. 1908. Notes on a collection of snakes from the Khasi Hills, Assam. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 18: 312-337 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Zhao, E.M. 2006. The snakes of China [in Chinese]. Hefei, China, Anhui Sience & Technology Publ. House, Vol. I, 372 pp., Vol. II (color plates), 280 pp.
  • Zhao,E. & Adler,K. 1993. Herpetology of China. SSAR, Oxford/Ohio, 1-522
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