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Platyplectrurus trilineatus (BEDDOME, 1867)

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Lined Thorntail Snake 
SynonymPlectrurus? trilineatus BEDDOME 1867
Platyplectrurus trilineatus — GÜNTHER 1868: 413
Platyplectrurus bilineatus BEDDOME 1886: 33
Platyplectrurus trilineatus — BEDDOME 1886: 32
Platyplectrurus trilineatus — BOULENGER 1893: 165
Platyplectrurus trilineatus — SMITH 1943
Platyplectrurus trilineatus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 133
Platyplectrurus trilineatus — BOULENGER 18
Platyplectrurus trilineatus — DAS 2003
Platyplectrurus trilineatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 569 
DistributionS India (S Western Ghats, Kerala)

Type locality: „Anamally forests; elevation 4,000 feet" [BEDDOME 1867]
Type locality: ‚,Madura Hills", S India. [BEDDOME 1886]  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.1.15.72 (formerly; MNHN (= MHNP) 95.112—95.113. (BEDDOME 1867); Syntypes: MNHN (= MHNP) 95.114 (BEDDOME 1886)
Syntypes: BMNH 1946.1.23.54 (formerly, 1946.1.23.55 (formerly [bilineatus] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus): Platyplectrurus can be distinguished from all other amniotes by the characters given for the family, and from other uropeltids by divided oculars, nasals in contact, temporal, lack of a mental groove, dorsal scales in 15 rows at midbody, and posteroventral processofdentaryreducedinP.madurensis(see Olori & Bell2012, Pyron et al. 2016). 
CommentType species: Plectrurus trilineatus BEDDOME 1867 is the type species of the genus Platyplectrurus GÜNTHER 1868. 
  • Beddome, R.H. 1867. Descriptions and figures of five new snakes from the Madras Presidency. Madras Quart. J. Med. Sci., 11: 14-16. [Reprint: J. Soc. Bibliogr. Nat. Sci., London, 1 (10): 315- 317, 1940.] - get paper here
  • Beddome, R.H. 1886. An account of the earth snakes of the Peninsula of India and Ceylon. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (5) 17: 3-33. - 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 - get paper here
  • Ganesh, S. R. 2011. On a rare, South Indian burrowing snake Platyplectrurus trilineatus (Beddome, 1867). Taprobanica 3 (1): 11-14 - get paper here
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Palot, M.J. 2015. A checklist of reptiles of Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(13): 8010–8022 - get paper here
  • Pyron R. A., Ganesh S. R., Sayyed A., Sharma V., Wallach V. & Somaweera R. 2016. A catalogue and systematic overview of the shield-tailed snakes (Serpentes: Uropeltidae). [type catalogue] Zoosystema 38 (4): 453-506 - 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.
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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