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Sibynophis subpunctatus (DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL, 1854)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Sibynophiinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesJerdon's Many-tooth Snake, Black-headed snake 
SynonymOligodon subpunctatus DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 58
Oligodon spinaepunctatus JAN 1862 (fide SMITH 1943)
Enicognathus humberti JAN 1863 (fide SMITH 1943)
Enicognathus Humberti — JAN 1866
Polyodontophis subpunctatus — BOULENGER 1890
Polydontophis [sic] subpunctatus — BOULENGER 1893: 186
Polyodontophis subpunctatus — WALL 1905: 297
Polyodontophis subpunctatus — WALL 1921: 84
Sibynophis subpunctatus — SCHMIDT 1926: 171
Sibynophis subpunctatus — SMITH 1943: 279
Sibynophis subpunctatus — DAS 1996: 59
Rhadinaea melanocephala (fide WALL 1921)
Sibynophis subpunctatus — CAPTAIN et al. 2004
Sibynophis subpunctatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 673 
DistributionIndia (Gujarat, Maharashtra (Pune (=Poona) district) [A. Captain, pers. comm.], Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana), Sri Lanka  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MNHN 3240 
CommentOligodon subpunctatus A.-M.-C. Duméril & G. Bibron, 1854 (type locality: "Malabar, Inde" [= Malabar Hills/Western Ghats, southwestern India]) has been synonymized with Sibynophis sagittaria [VYAS 2007] 
References
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Chethan Kumar G, Srinivasulu C, Krishna Prasad K 2017. First records of the Dumeril’s Black-headed Snake Sibynophis subpunctatus (Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854) (Reptilia, Colubridae) from Telangana state, India. Check List 13 (5): 577-580 - get paper here
  • Duméril, A.M.C., G. BIBRON & A.H.A. DUMÉRIL 1854. Erpétologie générale ou Histoire Naturelle complète des Reptiles. Vol. 7 (partie 1). Paris, xvi + 780 S. - get paper here
  • Fellows S 2015. Species Diversity of Snakes in Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve. Entomol Ornithol Herpetol 4: 136. doi:10.4172/2161-0983.1000136 - get paper here
  • Jadhav, Pavan Laxmanrao; Shivaji P Chavan and Harshad Sudarshan Trimukhe 2018. Snake species diversity and their distribution in and around Nanded city, Maharashtra, India. Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies 2018; 6(4): 1855-1860
  • Jan, G. 1866. Iconographie générale des ophidiens. 16. Livraison. J.B. Bailière et Fils, Paris - get paper here
  • Jayaneththi, Hareschandra Bandula 2015. Vertebrate fauna of Morankanda-Mukalana secondary forest patch in Sri Lanka: A checklist reported from 2004-2008 survey. RUHUNA JOURNAL OF SCIENCE 6: 21- 41
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  • Palot, M.J. 2015. A checklist of reptiles of Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(13): 8010–8022 - get paper here
  • Patel, Harshil; Raju Vyas, Vaibhav Naik, Bhautik Dudhatra & Shantilal K. Tank 2018. Herpetofauna of the Northern Western Ghats of Gujarat, India. Zoology and Ecology, DOI: 10.1080/21658005.2018.1499237 - get paper here
  • Schmidt,K.P. 1926. Amphibians and Reptiles of the James Simpson-Roosevelt Asiatic Expedition. Field Mus. nat. Hist., Zool. Ser. 12: 167-173 - get paper here
  • Sharma, R. C. 2004. Handbook Indian Snakes. AKHIL BOOKS, New Delhi, 292 pp.
  • Sharma, Satish Kumar 1998. Range extension of the Dumeril's black-headed snake Sibynophis subpunctatus (Dum. & Bibr., 1854). Cobra 32: 32-33
  • 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.
  • Vyas, Raju 1986. Extension of the range of Dumeril's black headed snake (Sibynophis subpunctatus). Hamadryad 11 (3): 24
  • Vyas, Raju 2007. Herptofauna of Puma Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat, India. Reptile Rap (8): 10-15 - get paper here
  • Wall, F. 1905. Notes on Snakes collected in Cannanore from 5th November 1903 to 5th August 1904. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 16: 292 - get paper here
  • Wall, F. 1907. Reduction in the species of the Genus Polyodontophis. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 17: 823 - get paper here
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  • Whitaker, Romulus and Ashok Captain 2004. Snakes of India. Draco Books, 500 pp., reprinted 2007 - get paper here
 
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