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Rhinophis oxyrhynchus (SCHNEIDER, 1801)

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesSchneider's Earth Snake 
SynonymTyphlops oxyrhynchus SCHNEIDER 1801: 341
A[nguis]. (Rhinophis) oxyrrhynchus — HEMPRICH 1820: 119
Rhinophis oxyrhynchus — EICHELBERG 1842: 295
Dapatnaya lanka-divana KELAART 1853
Rhinophis oxyrhincus [sic!] — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 156
Dapatnaya lankadivana — KELAART 1854: 137
Mytilia (?Rhinophis) unimaculata GRAY 1858: 379
Rhinophis oxyrhynchus — BEDDOME 1886: 5
Rhinophis oxyrhynchus — BOULENGER 1893: 141
Rhinophis oxyrhynchus — WALL 1921: 32
Rhinophis oxyrhynchus — SMITH 1943
Rhinophis oxyrhynchus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 138
Rhinophis oxyrhynchus — KARUNARATHNA & AMARASINGHE 2011
Rhinophis oxyrhynchus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 651 
DistributionSri Lanka (Northern and Eastern Provinces, Mullaitivu; Vavoniya; Trincomalee)

Type locality: India orientali" [Typhlops oxyrhynchus SCHNEIDER 1801]
Type locality: ,,Trincomalie, and [. . .] the Kandyan Province" [Dapatnaya lanka-divana KELAART]
Type locality: „Ceylon” [Mytilia (?Rhinophis) unimaculata GRAY]  
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 3825-3826 (fide Pyron et al. 2016: 482)
Holotype: lost (fide GANS 1966)
Syntypes: [Dapatnaya lanka-divana KELAART] Lost (fide GANS 1966)
Syntypes: BMNH 1946.1.16.90, 1946.1.17.1 [Mytilia (?Rhinophis) unimaculata GRAY] 
CommentType species: Typhlops oxyrhynchus SCHNEIDER 1801: 341 is the type species of the genus Rhinophis HEMPRICH 1820.
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  • Dunaev E.A., Orlova V.F. 2003. Diversity of snakes (on the materials of the exposition of the Zoological Museum of the Moscow State University). Moscow: Moscow State University Press, 376 pp
  • 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
  • Gray,J.E. 1858. On a new genus and several new species of Uropeltidae in the collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (3) 2: 376-381 - get paper here
  • Hemprich, F.W. 1820. Grundriss der Naturgeschichte fur hohere Lehranstalten. August Rücker, Berlin. viii, 432.pp. [Posthumous edition published in 1829 with 535 pp.]
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  • Kelaart, EDWARD FRED 1853. Description of new or little-known species of reptiles collected in Ceylon. J. Ceylon Branch Roy. Asiatic Soc., Colombo, 22 (6): 102-116
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  • Kelaart, EDWARD FRED 1853. Description of new or little-known species of reptiles collected in Ceylon. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (2) 13 (3): 25-31, [1854] (a modified version of this paper was reproduced in Prodromus Faunae Zeylanicae, Appendix) - get paper here
  • Kelaart, EDWARD FRED 1854. Catalogue of reptiles collected in Ceylon. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (2) 13: 137-140 - 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.
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  • 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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