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Uropeltis macrolepis (PETERS, 1862)

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SubspeciesUropeltis macrolepis macrolepis (PETERS 1862)
Uropeltis macrolepis mahableshwarensis CHARI 1955 
Common NamesE: Bombay Earth Snake 
SynonymSilybura macrolepis PETERS 1862
Silybura macrolepis — GÜNTHER 1864: 189
Silybura macrolepis — BEDDOME 1886: 24
Silybura macrolepis — BOULENGER 1893: 159
Uropeltis macrolepis — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 146
Uropeltis macrolepis — GOWER et al. 2012: 48
Uropeltis macrolepis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 780

Uropeltis macrolepis macrolepis (PETERS 1862)
Uropeltis macrolepis — SMITH 1943
Uropeltis macroiepis macrolepis — CHARI 1955
Uropeltis macrolepis macrolepis — MURTHY 2010

Uropeltis macrolepis mahableshwarensis CHARI 1955
Uropeltis macrolepis mahableshwarensis CHARI 1955
Uropeltis macrolepis mahableshwarensis — WHITAKER & CAPTAIN 2004
Uropeltis macrolepis mahableshwarensis — BANSODE & MORE 2018 
DistributionS India (Gujarat, Maharashtra (Phansad – near Supegaon, Mahabaleshwar, Koyna, Lonavla) [A. Captain, pers. Comm.])

Type locality: “Ceylon?” [Sri Lanka]
Type locality: ,,Mahableshwar, Satara district, Bombay State", lndia [mahableshwarensis CHARI 1955]  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.15.99 (formerly BMNH
Holotype: BNHS = BNHM 1994 [mahableshwarensis] 
DiagnosisSnout rounded; portion of rostral visible from above distinctly less than its distance from the frontal; eye usually more than half the length of the ocular shield. Scales in 15 rows; V. 128-140, one and a half times as broad as the adjacent scales; C. 7-10. End of tail obliquely truncate above, the truncated portion flat or concave, covered with thickened bi- or tricarinate scales, forming a disc; one and a half to two times as long as broad; terminal caudal scute large, depressed with small spines above, ending in a ridge with two points (Smith 1943: 78).

Coloration: Black or dark purplish-brown, each scale with a light margjn; a short, broad, yellow or orange stripe on the lips and sides of the neck, continued as large spots on the anterior part of the body, and sometimes as smaller ones throughout its whole length; a broad yellow or orange stripe on each side of the tail. A specimen in the British Museum, locality unknown, has a broad orange stripe occupying three scale-rows along each flank througbout the whole body (Smith 1943: 79).

Total length: 300, diameter 12 mm (Smith 1943: 79). 
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