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Sahyadriophis uttaraghati PATEL, THACKERAY, CAMPBELL & MIRZA, 2023

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae),E Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymSahyadriophis uttaraghati PATEL, THACKERAY, CAMPBELL & MIRZA 2023 
DistributionIndia (Maharashtra)

Type locality: Amboli (15.96472° N 74.00357° E; ca. 690 m a.s.l), Maharashtra, India  
TypesHolotype. NCBS NRC-AA-0024 adult male, collected by Hemant Ogale on May 2018.
Paratypes. BNHS 3196, adult female collected from Mahabaleshwar, Satara District, Maharashtra, India, by Sudhir Sawant on 1 May 2002; juvenile female BNHS 3198 collected male Amboli, Maharashtra, India, by V. Giri, V. Hegde and S. Kehimkar on 13 June 2002. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus). Medium-sized snakes in relation to family members measuring SVL goid is about 57% and 53% in females and males, respectively. The pterygoid-palatine 215–495 mm with 19 dorsal keeled scale rows at mid-body. Head distinct from neck. Nuchal bones run parallel to the longitudinal axis of the skull and do not converge or diverge groove and glands absent. Pupil rounded. Nostrils in nasals, a pair or internasals. Paired abruptly posteriorly. Posterior maxillary teeth are longest and follow a distinct diastema, internasals and prefrontals. Posterior maxillary teeth longest and present after a distinct 18–26 functional maxillary teeth, 10–15 palatine, and 22–26 pterygoid. Overall in a shade diastema, 18–26 functional maxillary teeth, 10–15 palatine teeth and 22–25 ptyerogoid teeth. of brown to dark grey with irregularly placed black and white markings which diffuse Scales at the sacral region bear dentate keels in males. (Patel et al. 2023) 
CommentType species: is the type species of the genus Sahyadriophis PATEL, THACKERAY, CAMPBELL & MIRZA 2023. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a combination of two Sanskrit words: ‘uttara’ for north and ‘ghati’ meaning dweller of the mountains/Ghats. The combination refers to the northern distribution of the new species.

The generic name is a combination of two words: ‘Sahyadri’, a Sanskrit word for the Western Ghats, and the Greek word ‘ophis’ for snakes. The name is masculine in gender.  
  • Patel, H.; Thackeray, T.; Campbell, P.D.; Mirza, Z.A. 2023. Systematic Assessment of Hebius beddomei (Günther, 1864) (Serpentes: Colubridae: Natricinae) with Description of a New Genus and a New Allied Species from the Western Ghats, India. Taxonomy 2023, 3, 415–434 - get paper here
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