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Plectrurus aureus BEDDOME, 1880

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Kerala Burrowing Snake 
SynonymPlectrurus aureus BEDDOME 1880
Plectrurus aureus — BEDDOME 1886: 26
Plectrurus aureus — BOULENGER 1893: 162
Plectrurus aureus — SMITH 1943: 72
Plectrurus aureus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 133
Plectrurus aureus — DAS 2003
Plectrurus aureus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 569 
DistributionS India (Kerala)

Type locality: ‚,Chambra mountain in Wynad, near Kalpatty — one under an old rotten log at 6,000 feet elevation, the other under a large stone at 4,500 feet, both in heavy evergreen forest"  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.1.1.54 (formerly; MNHN (= MHNP) 95.107. 
EtymologyNamed after the Latin adjective aureolus (=aureus) = "golden". 
  • Beddome, R.H. 1880. Description of a new snake of the genus Plectrurus from Malabar. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1880: 182. - 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
  • Gemel, R.; G. Gassner & S. Schweiger 2019. Katalog der Typen der Herpetologischen Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien – 2018. Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, B 121: 33–248
  • 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
  • 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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