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Platyplectrurus madurensis BEDDOME, 1877

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SubspeciesPlatyplectrurus madurensis madurensis BEDDOME 1877
Platyplectrurus madurensis ruhunae DERANIYAGALA 1954 
Common NamesE: Travancore Hills Thorntail Snake 
SynonymPlatyplectrurus madurensis madurensis BEDDOME 1877
Platyplectrurus madurensis BEDDOME 1877
Platyplectrurus madurensis — BEDDOME 1886: 33
Platyplectrurus madurensis — BOULENGER 1893: 166
Wallia inexpectata WERNER 1925 (fide SMITH 1928)
Platyplectrurus madurensis — SMITH 1943
Platyplectrurus madurensis — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 132
Platyplectrurus madurensis — DAS 2003
Platyplectrurus madurensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 568

Platyplectrurus madurensis ruhunae DERANIYAGALA 1954
Plectrurus ruhunae DERANIYAGLA 1954
Platyplectrurus madurensis ruhane — KADAMBY 1997 
DistributionS India (Kerala), Sri Lanka

Type locality: ,,About Kodiukarnal on the Pulney Mountains (Madura district), 6000 feet elevation" [BEDDOME 1877]

Type locality: „Südindien (Pulney Hills, Madura)" [WERNER 1925]

ruhunae: Sri Lanka; Type locality: „Galle", district in the Southern Province, Ceylon [DERANIYAGALA 1954]  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.1.15.64 (formerly, 1946.1.15.78 (formerly — 1946.1.15.80 (formerly; MNHN 95.115 (2 specimens).
Holotype: NMW 18511 [Wallia inexpectata WERNER 1925]
Holotype: NMSL (= CNM) R. S. 51 [ruhunae] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Differs from the Indian D. madurensis in color the number of ventrals and relative proportions of the cephalic scales. 
CommentSynonymy partly after Wallach 1988, Amphibia-Reptilia 9: 2.

Original description (ruhunae): Color: dorsally chocolate brown, supralabials light grey, infralabials each with a light grey spot, ventrals with a light centre and wide chocolate margin, the longitudinal rows of three costals on each side, of them with a large light spot in each scale. These rows of spots are reduced to one on the tail.
Scales: one supraocular, postocular and temporal, nasal entire, supralabials 4, the third suborbital, Costals 15.15.15, ventrals 1 subcaudals 10, biserial, terminal caudal scute subconical. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality.

P. (m.) ruhunae is named after a place or region in Sri Lanka. 
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