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Uropeltis broughami (BEDDOME, 1878)

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Brougham's Earth Snake 
SynonymSilybura broughami BEDDOME 1878
Silybura levingii BEDDOME 1878
Silybura Broughami — BEDDOME 1886: 11
Silybura broughami — BOULENGER 1893: 152
Uropeltis broughami — SMITH 1943: 83
Uropeltis broughami — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 143
Uropeltis broughami — DAS 2003
Uropeltis broughami — WALLACH et al. 2014: 779 
DistributionS India (Palni and Sirumalai Hills, Madura district; Nilgiris)

Type locality: ,,Sirumallay hills (Madura district), 5500 feet elevation".
Type locality: „Lower Pulney hills (Madura district), 4000 feet elevation". [Silybura levingii BEDDOME]  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.16.29 (formerly
Syntypes: BMNH 1946.1.16.35—1946.1.16.36. [Silybura levingii BEDDOME] 
DiagnosisDescription: Snout acutely pointed; rostral much produced both anteriorly and posteriorly, ridged above, the part visible equal to the distance between it and the hinder end of the frontal, separating the nasals for more than half their length; eye not half the Iength of the ocular shield. Scales in 19 rows; V. 195-230 (181 Roux), one and a half times as broad as the adjaccnt scales; C. 7-10. Tail as in macrolepis (Smith 1943: 83).

Coloration: Brown with more or less distinct transverse series of smalI, yelIow, black-edged oceIli; sides with large, irregular, yellow spots; ventrals dark brown (Smith 1943: 83).

Size: Total length; 410, diameter 11 mm (Smith 1943: 83). 
  • Beddome, R.H. 1878. Description of six new species of snakes of the genus Silybura, family Uropeltidae. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1878: 800-802. - get paper here
  • Beddome, R.H. 1886. An account of the earth snakes of the Peninsula of India and Ceylon. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (5) 17: 3-33. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Das, Indraneil 2003. Growth of Knowledge on the Reptiles of India, with an Introduction to Systematics, Taxonomy and Nomenclature. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 100 (2-3): 446-502 - get paper here
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • 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.
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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