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Rhinophis fergusonianus BOULENGER, 1896

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Cardamom Hills Earth Snake 
SynonymRhinophis fergusonianus BOULENGER 1896
Rhinophis fergusonianus — SMITH 1943: 90
Rhinophis fergusonianus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 137
Rhinophis fergusonianus — DAS 2003
Rhinophis fergusonianus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 650 
DistributionS India (Kerala)

Type locality: “Cardamon Hills, Travancore", S India.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.16.77 (formerly 
EtymologyNamed after Harold S. Ferguson (1852-1921), a planter, zoologist, and herpetologist who spent most of his life in Travancore, southern India and later became Director of the Trivandrum museum (1894). 
  • Aengals, R.; S. R. Ganesh 2013. Rhinophis goweri — A New Species of Shieldtail Snake from the Southern Eastern Ghats, India. Russ. J. Herpetol. 20 (1): 61-65 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1896. Description of a new earth snake from Travancore (Rhinophis fergusonianus). J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 10: 236. - 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
  • 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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