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Melanophidium punctatum BEDDOME, 1871

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesBeddome's Black Earth Snake 
SynonymMelanophidium punctatum BEDDOME 1871: 401
Melanophidium punctatum — BEDDOME 1886: 31
Melanophidium punctatum — BOULENGER 1893: 164
Melanophidium punctatum — SMITH 1943: 66
Melanophidium punctatum — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 130
Melanophidium punctatum — DAS 2003
Melanophidium punctatum — WALLACH et al. 2014: 436 
DistributionS India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu)

Type locality: "Travancore, [...] under a stone in the Muti-Kuli Vayal, a little valley on the Asamboo range (4,500 feet elevation)"  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 72.1.2.6 (= 1946.1.4.37), 74.4.29.121 (= 1946.1.15.48), 74.4.29.122 (= 1946.1.15.49); M. H. N. P. No. 95.116. 
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References
  • Beddome,R.H. 1871. Descriptions of new reptiles from the Madras Presidency. Madras Monthly J. Med. Sci., 4: 401-404 [Reprint: J. Soc. Bibliogr. Nat. Sci., London, 1 (10): 324-326, 1940] - get paper here
  • 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. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Das, Indraneil 2003. Growth of Knowledge on the Reptiles of India, with an Introduction to Systematics, Taxonomy and Nomenclature. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 100 (2-3): 446-502
  • Mason, GEORGE E. 1888. Description of a new earth-snake of the genus Silybura from the Bombay Presidency with remarks on little known Uropeltidae. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (6) 22: 184-186. - get paper here
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Ogilby, J. D. 1894. Description of a new Australian snake. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (6) 14: 392 - get paper here
  • Palot, M.J. 2015. A checklist of reptiles of Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(13): 8010–8022 - 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. 1913. Occurrence of the Snake Melanophidium punctatum in the Western Ghats. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 23: 377 - get paper here
  • Whitaker, Romulus and Ashok Captain 2004. Snakes of India. Draco Books, 500 pp. - get paper here
 
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