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Gloydius himalayanus (GÜNTHER, 1864)

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Higher TaxaViperidae, Crotalinae, Serpentes (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Himalayan Pitviper 
SynonymHalys himalayanus GÜNTHER 1864: 303
Ancistrodon himalayanus BOULENGER 1896
Ancistrodon himalayanus — SMITH 1943: 495
Agkistrodon himalayanus — WELCH 1994: 11
Gloydius himalayanus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 305
Gloydius himalayanus — GUMPRECHT et al. 2004
Agkistrodon himalayanus — SHARMA 2004
Agkistrodon himalayanus — MURTHY 2010 
DistributionPakistan (Chitral, Murree (= Marri)),
India (Kashmir, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh),
W/C Nepal (Gloyd and Conant, 1990; Map 12).

Type locality: Garhval, Himalaya, elevation 9000 ft. [= Garhwal, Uttar Pradesh = Uttaranchal, India, 2743 m. 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.
 
TypesTypes: BMNH 1946.1.18.75 (formerly BMNH 1860.3.19.1189) and BMNH 1946.1.19.64 (formerly BMNH 1860.3.19.1358) (two syntypes), "Garhval" (= Garhwal, Uttar Pradesh, India). 
CommentVenomous! Gloyd and Conant (1990) suggested the retention of himalayanus in
Agkistrodon, rather than treat it as a member of the genus Gloydius.
The original description is available online (see link below).

Distribution: Possibly in Bhutan (Lenz 2012). 
References
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1896. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum, Vol. 3. London (Taylor & Francis), xiv + 727 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
  • Gloyd, H. K. & R. CONANT 1990. Snakes of the Agkistrodon complex. A monographic review. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. Contributions to Herpetology No. 6. SSAR, Oxford, Ohio. vi + 614 pp; 52 pl.
  • Gumprecht, A.; Tillack, F.; Orlov, N.L.; Captain, A. & Ryabow, S. 2004. Asian pitvipers. Geitje Books, Berlin, 368 pp.
  • Günther, A. 1864. The Reptiles of British India. London (Taylor & Francis), xxvii + 452 pp. - get paper here
  • Khan, M.S. 1983. Venomous terrestrial snakes of Pakistan The Snake 15 (2): 101-105.
  • Lenz, Norbert 2012. Von Schmetterlingen und Donnerdrachen - Natur und Kultur in Bhutan. Karslruher Naturhefte 4, Naturkundemuseum Karslruhe, 124 pp.
  • McDiarmid,R.W.; Campbell,J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Murthy, T.S.N. 2010. The reptile fauna of India. B.R. Publishing, New Delhi, 332 pp.
  • Nanhoe, L.M.R., & Ouboter, P.E. 1987. The distribution of reptiles and amphibians in the Annapurna-Dhaulagiri region (Nepal) Zoologische Verhandelingen (240): 1-105 - get paper here
  • Saikia, U.; Sharma, D.K. & Sharma, R.M. 2007. Checklist of the Reptilian fauna of Himachal Pradesh, India. Reptile Rap (8): 6-9 - 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.
  • Wall, F. 1906. The poisonous snakes of India and how to recognize them, Part II. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 17: 299-334 - get paper here
  • Whitaker, Romulus<br />and Ashok Captain 2004. Snakes of India. Draco Books, 500 pp. - get paper here
 
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