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Rhinophis zigzag GOWER & MADUWAGE, 2011

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesZigzag Rhinophis 
SynonymRhinophis zigzag GOWER & MADUWAGE 2011
Rhinophis dorsimaculatus — DERANIYAGALA 1941
Rhinophis dorsimaculatus — SOMAWEERA 2006: 235, photo A
Rhinophis sp. 2 — CADLE et al. 1990
Rhinophis zigzag — WALLACH et al. 2014: 652 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: “Bibilegema Rd.”, near Passara, Province of Uva. There are no precise coordinates for the locality, though Bibilegama is at 06°54’N, 81°08’ E and approximately 1,000 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: CAS 226306, male, collected May 1974 by C. Gans. 
EtymologyThe species name is an allusion to the distinctive zigzag dorsal stripe, present in all known specimens. The specific epithet is considered a noun in apposition. 
  • Gower, D.J. & Mduwage, K. 2011. Two new species of Rhinophis Hemprich (Serpentes: Uropeltidae) from Sri Lanka. Zootaxa 2881: 51–68 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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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