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Platyceps bholanathi (SHARMA, 1976)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesSharma's Racer, Nagarjunasagar Racer 
SynonymColuber bholanathi SHARMA 1976
Eremiophis bholanathi
Coluber bholanathi — DAS 1996: 55
Argyrogena bholanathi — SHARMA 2004
Coluber bholanathi — SEETHARAMARAJU & SRINIVASULU 2013
Platyceps bholanathi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 553
Coluber bholanathi — DESHWAL & BECKER @017 
DistributionIndia (Andhra Pradesh [Kapilatheertham, Nagarjuna Hills and Seshachalam Hills], Karnataka [Bellary], Tamil Nadu [Hosur Hills, Gingee Hills and Villupuram], Telangana [Hyderabad, Nalgonda])

Type locality: Nagarjuna hills (16° 31’ N, 79‚ 14 E), Andhra Pradesh.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: ZSI 21337, male; female paratypes (ZSI 21335 and ZSI 21336) 
CommentDiagnosis: Supralabials 9; loreal 1, preocular 1-2, postocular 2, subpostocular 1 or absent, temporal 2+2 or 2+3; 19 mid body rows; ventral 201-212, anal divided; subcaudal 105-121, paired.

Comparison: This species is taxonomically distinct from its allopatric sister species Coluber gracilis Günther, 1862 by having 19 mid body rows, rostral two times broader than height, posterior body completely patternlesslate brown dorsum with dull yellow bars. by checking no loreal contact with internasal and rn Ghats and an. 
References
  • Das, INDRANEIL, BASUDEB DATTAGUPTA and NEMAI CHARAN GAYEN. 1998. History and catalogue of reptile types in the collection of the Zoological Survey of India. J. south Asian nat. Hist. 3 (2): 121-172
  • Deshwal, Anant; Brian Becker 2017. New Locality Record of Nagarjunasagar Racer (Coluber bholanathi) (Squamata: Serpentes: Colubridae) from Near Rishi Valley School, Andhra Pradesh, India. Russ. J. Herpetol. 24 (3): 245-247 - get paper here
  • Ganesh S. R., Adimallaiah D., Kailash P. K. 2013. New locality records of Nagarjun Sagar Racer Snake, Coluber bholanathi Sharma, 1976. Herpetotropicos 9 (1-2): 09-12
  • Guptha, Bubesh; Nimmakayala Venkata Sivaram Prasad, Deepak Veerappan. 2012. Rediscovery and range extension of Coluber bholanathi Sharma, 1976 from Seshachalam hills, Andhra Pradesh, India. Herpetology Notes 6: 447-448 - get paper here
  • Samson, Arockianathan; Palanisamy Santhoshkumar, Balasundaram Ramakrishnan, Sivaraj Karthick & Chandrashekaruni Gnaneswar 2017. New distribution record of Nagarjunasagar Racer Platyceps bholanathi (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae) in Sigur, Nilgiris landscape, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 9 (3): 10014–10017 - get paper here
  • Seetharamaraju, M. & C. Srinivasulu 2013. Discovery and description of male specimen of Coluber bholanathi Sharma, 1976 (Reptilia: Colubridae) from Hyderabad, India. Taprobanica 5 (1): 32-35 - get paper here
  • Sharma, R. C. 1976. Some observations on ecology and systematics of Coluber bholanati, a new species of snake from India. Comp. Physiol. Ecol. 1 (3): 105-107
  • Sharma, R. C. 2004. Handbook Indian Snakes. AKHIL BOOKS, New Delhi, 292 pp.
  • Sharma, Vivek; Jose Louies, Aditya Vattam 2013. A Contribution to Coluber bholanathi Sharma, 1976 (Serpentes: Colubridae). Russ. J. Herpetol. 20 (4): 259-263 - get paper here
  • Smart, Utpal; Eric N. Smith, B.H.C.K. Murthy & Arun Mohanty 2014. Report of Nagarjunasagar Racer Coluber bholanathi Sharma, 1976 (Squamata: Serpentes: Colubridae) from the Gingee Hills, Tamil Nadu, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 6 (4): 5671-5674 - get paper here
  • Srinivasulu C., Das I. 2008. The Herpetofauna of Nallamala Hills, Eastern Ghats, India: an annotated checklist, with remarks on nomenclature, taxonomy, habitat use, adaptive types and biogeography. Asiatic Herpetological Research 11: 110–131 - 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.
 
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