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Sibynophis sagittarius (CANTOR, 1839)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Sibynophiinae, Colubroidea, Serpentes (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesCantor’s black-headed snake 
SynonymCalamaria sagittaria CANTOR 1839: 49
Enicognathus grayi JAN 1863 (fide SMITH 1943)
Enicognathus braconnieri JAN 1863 (fide SMITH 1943)
Enicognathus Grayi — JAN 1866
Enicognathus Braconnieri — JAN 1866
Polyodontophis sagittarius — BOULENGER 1890: 303
Polyodontophis sagittarius — BOULENGER 1893: 187
Sibynophis subpunctatus ceylonicus DE SILVA 1969
Sibynophis sagittarius — SMITH 1943: 280
Sibynophis sagittaria — DAS 1996: 59
Sibynophis sagittaria — MURTHY 2010 
DistributionC/NE India (Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat etc), Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan (KHAN, pers. comm.)

Type locality: Tirhut, Bengal Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
TypesType: BMNH 60.3.19.12.68 (holotype), "Bengal, Tirhoot" (= Tirhut, also known as Trihuta, Tirabhukti, Bideha, Mithila and Nichchhan, in Muzaffarpur, 26º 07'N; 85º 24'E). The register lists the specimen as from Pinang (= Pulau Penang, West Malaysia; in error). 
CommentVYAS 2007 listed Sibynophis sagittarius as “Sibynophis sagittarius (= subpunctatus)” without further explanation. 
References
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, George A. 1890. The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. Taylor & Francis, London, xviii, 541 pp. - get paper here
  • Cantor, T. 1839. Spicilegium serpentium indicorum [part 2]. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1839: 49-55 - get paper here
  • Captain, A.; D. J. Gower, P. David & A. M. Bauer 2004. Taxonomic status of the colubrid snake Sibynophis subpunctatus (Dumeril, Bibron & Dumeril, 1854). Hamadryad 28 (1&2): 90-94 - get paper here
  • Das,I. & Palden,J. 2000. A herpetological collection from Bhutan, with new country records. Herpetological Review 31 (4): 256-258 - get paper here
  • Jan, G. 1866. Iconographie générale des ophidiens. 16. Livraison. J.B. Bailière et Fils, Paris - get paper here
  • Kramer, E. 1977. Zur Schlangenfauna Nepals. Rev. suisse Zool., 84 (3): 721-761. - get paper here
  • Murthy, T.S.N. 2010. The reptile fauna of India. B.R. Publishing, New Delhi, 332 pp.
  • Saikia, U.; Sharma, D.K. & Sharma, R.M. 2007. Checklist of the Reptilian fauna of Himachal Pradesh, India. Reptile Rap (8): 6-9 - 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.
  • Thakur, Sanjay 2011. A note on snakes of Kanha National Park and surrounding areas Reptile Rap (11): 2-4 - get paper here
  • Vyas, Raju 2007. Herptofauna of Puma Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat, India Reptile Rap (8): 10-15 - get paper here
 
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