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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 NamesBombay 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 
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] Map legend:
TDWG region - 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.
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.15.99 (formerly BMNH
Holotype: BNHS = BNHM 1994 [mahableshwarensis CHARI 1955] 
  • 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
  • Chari, V. K. 1952. Localization of the striped variety of the rough-tailed earthsnake - Uropeltis macrolepis (PETERS) - to Mahableshwar. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 50: 950-951. - get paper here
  • Chari, V. K. 1953. Some more notes on Uropeltis macrolepis (PETERS) with special reference to specimens from Mahableshwar (Western Ghats, Bombay). J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 51 (2): 512. - get paper here
  • Chari, V. K. 1954. An addition to the list of snakes of Bombay and Salsette - Uropeltis macrolepis (PETERS) - Uropeltidae. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 52 (1): 213- 214. - get paper here
  • Chari, V. K. 1955. A new form of the burrowing snake, Uropeltis macrolepis (PETERS) from Mahableshwar. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 52 (4): 901. - get paper here
  • Das, Indraneil;Chaturvedi, Naresh 1998. Catalogue of the herpetological types in the collection of the Bombay Natural History Society. Hamadryad 23 (2): 150-156 - get paper here
  • Gower, D.; Garrett, K. & Stafford, P. 2012. Snakes. Firefly Books, Buffalo, NY,<br />144 p..
  • Günther, A. 1864. The Reptiles of British India. London (Taylor & Francis), xxvii + 452 pp. - get paper here
  • Lobo, A.S. 2006. Uropeltis macrolepis in the diet of Calliophis nigrescens. Hamadryad 30 (1): 200-201 - get paper here
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Murthy, T.S.N. 2010. The reptile fauna of India. B.R. Publishing, New Delhi, 332 pp.
  • Peters,W.H.C. 1862. Über eine neue Art der Schlangengattung Silybura, S. macrolepis. Mber. königl. preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1861: 901-905 [1862] - get paper here
  • Pyron R. A., Ganesh S. R., Sayyed A., Sharma V., Wallach V. & Somaweera R. 2016. A catalogue and systematic overview of the shield-tailed snakes (Serpentes: Uropeltidae). Zoosystema 38 (4): 453-506 - get paper here
  • Sekar A G. Almeida M R. 1994. Range extension of the Bombay shield-tail snake Uropelitis macrolepis (Peters 1861) (Serpentes: Uropeltidae). J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 90 (3): 520-521 [1993] - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Vyas, Raju 2007. Herptofauna of Puma Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat, India. Reptile Rap (8): 10-15 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Whitaker, Romulus<br />and Ashok Captain 2004. Snakes of India. Draco Books, 500 pp., reprinted 2007 - get paper here
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