Uropeltis arcticeps (GÜNTHER, 1875)
|Higher Taxa||Uropeltidae, Henophidia, Serpentes (snakes)|
|Common Names||Tirunelveli Earth Snake|
|Synonym||Silybura arcticeps GÜNTHER 1875|
Silybura nilgherriensis var. picta BEDDOME 1886: 16
Silybura nilgherriensis var. arcticeps BEDDOME 1886: 16
Silybura nilgherriensis var. picta — MASON 1888: 185
Uropeltis arcticeps — SMITH 1943
Uropeltis arcticeps — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 142
Uropeltis arcticeps arcticeps — WHITAKER & CAPTAIN 2004 (part.)
Uropeltis arcticeps arcticeps — CHANDRAMOULI & GANESH 2010 (part.)
Uropeltis arcticeps — GANESH et al. 2014
|Distribution||S India (Tirunelveli hills, ca. 8°7’ N & 77°7’E; >1000 m elevation)|
Type locality: ,,Tinevelly", S India.
nilgherriensis var. picta: Type locality: ,,North Travancore near Peermede, . . . on coffee estate at an elevation between 3000 and 4000 feet”, S India. Map legend:
- Type locality.
- 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.
|Types||Syntypes: BMNH 1918.104.22.168—1922.214.171.124 (Mts. of N. Tinevelly, 4—6,000 feet). [Silybura arcticeps GÜNTHER]|
Holotype: BMNH (missing, fide E. M. NOBLE, in litt.). [Silybura nilgherriensis var. picta BEDDOME]
|Comment||The nominotypical form U. arcticeps is currently known only from two syntypes originating from one same locality. Recent studies in its type locality did not yield another example. Museums specimens currently assigned to U. arcticeps require re-evaluation (S.R.Ganesh pers. comm., 28 Jan 2014). |
Subspecies: Uropeltis arcticeps madurensis has been elevated to full species status by GANESH et al. 2014. Silybura nilgherriensis var. picta BEDDOME 1886 has been associated as a subjective junior synonym of either U. arcticeps or as a ‘subspecies’ of U. madurensis (fide SMITH, 1943). GANESH et al., 2014 consider it as incertae sedis.