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Oligodon kheriensis ACHARJI & RAY, 1936

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Serpentes (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymOligodon kheriensis ACHARJI & RAY 1936
Oligodon kheriensis — DAS 1996
Oligodon kheriensis — SCHLEICH & KÄSTLE 2004
Oligodon kheriensis — DAVID et al. 2011 
DistributionIndia (Uttar Pradesh), SW Nepal

Type locality. “North Kheri Division, Eastern Circle, Kheri- Lakimpur, in the United Provinces”, currently near Kheri, 27° 57’ N, 80° 47’ E, Lakhimpur Kheri District, State of Uttar Pradesh, India. Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
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.
 
TypesHolotype. ZSI 20391 (adult female). 
CommentOligodon kheriensis ACHARJI & RAY 1936 has been removed from the synonymy of Oligodon cyclurus by DAVID et al. 2011.

Specimens: known from only 2 specimens.

Oligodon kheriensis can be separated from O. cyclurus by the following characters: (1) higher number of ventral scales, 196 vs. 159–178 VEN (latter values based on examined specimens, plus a few literature records dealing only with specimens from India) in O. cyclurus; (2) uniform dorsum vs. reticulated or blotched (or blotched and striped) in O. cyclurus, and (3) the absence of the large, arrow-like cephalic and nape marking in O. kheriensis.O. kheriensis is also geographically isolated from Oligodon cyclurus. 
References
  • Acharji, M.N. & Ray, H.C. 1936. A new species of Oligodon from the United Provinces (India). Records of the Indian Museum, 38, 519−520.
  • Das,I. 1996. Biogeography of the Reptiles of South Asia. Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, Florida
  • DAVID, PATRICK; INDRANEIL DAS & GERNOT VOGEL 2011. On some taxonomic and nomenclatural problems in Indian species of the genus Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826 (Squamata: Colubridae). Zootaxa 2799: 1–14 - get paper here
  • Schleich, H.H. & Kästle, W. 2002. Amphibians and Reptiles of Nepal. Koeltz, Königstein, 1200 pp. [review in Reptilia 40: 87]
  • THY NEANG, L. LEE GRISMER & JENNIFER C. DALTRY 2012. A new species of kukri snake (Colubridae: Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826) from the Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary, Cardamom Mountains, southwest Cambodia. Zootaxa 3388: 41–55 - get paper here
 
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