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Rhinophis phillipsi (NICHOLLS, 1929)

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Phillipps' Earth Snake 
SynonymSilybura phillipsi NICHOLLS 1929
Uropeltis phillipsi — SMITH 1943: 87
Uropeltis phillipsi — GANS & BAIC 1977
Uropeltis phillipsi — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 149
Uropeltis phillipsi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 781 
DistributionSri Lanka (Maousakanda estate, Gammaduva, East Matale)

Type locality: ,‚Meniakanda Group, Gammaduva, in the East Matale Hills, Ceylon.”  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.17.2 (formerly 1929.2.5.1). 
EtymologyNamed after Major William Watt Addison Phillips (1892-1981), a tea and rubber planter and naturalist in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • de Silva, Anslem, S. Goonewardene, A. Bauer, Christopher Austin, John Drake and P. de Silva 2005. Notes on the snakes inhabiting the Knuckles massif with special reference to Uropeltis melanogaster (Gray, 1858) and Uropeltis phillipsi (Nicholls, 1929). Lyriocephalus (Special Issue) 6(1-2):149-159 - get paper here
  • Gans, C; D Baic 1977. Regional specialization of reptilian scale surfaces: relation of texture and biologic role. Science 195(4284):1348-50 - 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.
  • Nicholls, Lucius 1929. A new species of Earth Snake of the genus Silybura [Silybura phillipsi]. Spolia Zeylan., Colombo, 15 (2):153-155
  • Pyron R. A., Ganesh S. R., Sayyed A., Sharma V., Wallach V. & Somaweera R. 2016. A catalogue and systematic overview of the shield-tailed snakes (Serpentes: Uropeltidae). [type catalogue] Zoosystema 38 (4): 453-506 - get paper here
  • 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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