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Trachischium sushantai RAHA, DAS, BAG, DEBNATH & PRAMANICK, 2018

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Sushanta’s Worm-eating Snake
G: Sushantas Wurmschlange 
SynonymTrachischium sushantai RAHA, DAS, BAG, DEBNATH & PRAMANICK 2018 
DistributionIndia (Jammu, Kashmir)

Type locality: “Jammu” (Jammu & Kashmir state, India)  
TypesHolotype: ZSI 25651A, National Zoological Collection, ZSI, Kolkata; adult female; from ‘Jammu’ (Jammu & Kashmir state, India); collected on 4th August, 1993, during Jammu survey; name of collector is given in register as ‘Rajtilok’. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Trachischium sushantai sp. nov. can be diagnosed by a combination of the following characters: a single nasal and PF, SL (R/L) 6/6, post-ocular 1, DSCH:M:V 13:13:13; VEN 152; SC 23 pairs of which those on anterior half of tail are as long as wide and regular hexagon/ rhomboid shaped, TAL/TL ratio of 0.11, head and dorsum uniform dark brown, venter brown with cream or yellow border on the trailing edges of VEN and SC. 
EtymologyThe new species is named after Sushanta Kumar Das, father of the second author of present paper. He is an enthusiastic nature observer who have spent a significant amount of time of his life in forested areas of West Bengal (India) and nurtured the same interest in the second author. The specific epithet, a patronym, is a noun in genitive case. 
  • RAHA, SUJOY; SUNANDAN DAS, PROBHAT BAG, SUDIPTA DEBNATH, KOUSIK PRAMANICK 2018. Description of a new species of genus Trachischium with a redescription of Trachischium fuscum (Serpentes: Colubridae: Natricinae). Zootaxa 4370 (5): 549-561 - get paper here
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