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Plectrurus perroteti DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL, 1854

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesNilgiri Burrowing Snake, Perrotet’s Shieldtail 
SynonymPlectrurus perroteti DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 167
Plectrurus perroteti — GRAY 1858: 381
Plectrurus perroteti — BEDDOME 1864: 179
Plectrurus Perroteti — JAN 1865
Plectrurus davidsoni BEDDOME 1886: 25
Plectrurus perroteti — BOULENGER 1893: 161
Plectrurus davidsoni — BOULENGER 1893: 162
Plectrurus perroteti — SMITH 1943: 71
Plectrurus perrotetii — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 134
Plectrurus perroteti — MURTHY 2010
Plectrurus perrotetii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 569 
DistributionS India (Western Ghats, Kerala, Anaimalais and Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu)

Type locality: „dans le Nilgerrhy (Indes-Orientales)"
Type locality: ,,Anamallay hills, 4,700 feet elevation", S India [BEDDOME 1886]  
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesSyntypes: MNHN = MHNP 170, 190, 6996 (DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854)
Holotype: BMNH 1946.1.1.41 (formerly 86.3.21.6) (BEDDOME 1886) 
CommentThis name was first mentioned by DUMÉRIL (1851) as a nomen nudum, and the skull of this form was illustrated under this name in 1853 (fide GANS 1966)

Type species: Plectrurus perroteti DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 167 is the type species of the genus Plectrurus DUMÉRIL 1851: 224. 
References
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  • Gray, J.E. 1858. On a new genus and several new species of Uropeltidae in the collection of the British Museum. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1858: 260-265. - get paper here
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  • Jan, G. 1865. Iconographie générale des ophidiens. 9. Livraison. J.B. Bailière et Fils, Paris [1864] - get paper here
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  • Santhoshkumar, P.; P. Kannan, B. Ramakrishnan, A. Veeramani, A. Samson, S. Karthick, J. Leonaprincy, B. Nisha, N. Dineshkumar, A. Abinesh, U. Vigneshkumar & P. Girikaran 2016. Road kills of the endemic snake Perrotet’s Shieldtail Plectrurus perrotetii, Dumeril, 1851 (Reptilia: Squamata: Uropeltidae) in Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 8 (11): 9375–9376 - get paper here
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