Rhinophis dorsimaculatus DERANIYAGALA, 1941
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Rhinophis dorsimaculatus?
|Higher Taxa||Uropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Polkadot Earth Snake|
|Synonym||Rhinophis dorsimaculatus DERANIYAGALA 1941|
Rhinophis dorsimaculatus — SMITH 1943: 526
Rhinophis dorsimaculatus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 136
Rhinophis dorsimaculatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 650
Type locality: Coastal village of Marichchukate, North Western Province, Ceylon.
|Types||Holotype: lost, was NMSL (also as CNM 86) (now lost, fide Gans, 1966: 14 and Gower et al. 2016). Deraniyagala (1941) mentioned a second specimen. However, he did not explicitly designate it as a type or report a specimen number. Gans 1966 called this second specimen a paratype but it is also lost now (Gans 1966: 14).|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: The species is readily distinguished from congeners by having 227 or more ventral scales; a large, dorsally carinate rostral shield; posterior margins of paired anals that are largely separated by the posteriormost ventral scale; and a distinctive colour pattern with bilaterally asymmetrical dark blotches within a broad, pale middorsal stripe and regularly punctate flanks (Gower & Wickramasinghe 2016).|
|Comment||Only known from the 2 types and about 10 additional specimens.|