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Uropeltis myhendrae (BEDDOME, 1886)

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Boulenger's Earth Snake 
SynonymSilybura nilgherriensis var. myhendrae BEDDOME 1886: 15
Silybura myhendrae — BOULENGER 1893: 156
Uropeltis myhendrae SMITH 1943: 83
Uropeltis myhendrae — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 147
Uropeltis myhendrae — DAS 2003
Uropeltis myhendrae — WALLACH et al. 2014: 780 
DistributionS India (Western Ghats south of the Goa Gap; Nilgiris, Travancore; 2,000 - 4,000 feet, Kerala)

Type locality: ,,SouthTravancore, on the Myhendra Mountain", S India.  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.1.16.9 (formerly; MNHN (= MHNP) 95.95. 
DiagnosisDescription: in general scalation similar to phipsoni. V. 139-156; C.6-8 (Smith 1943: 83).

Coloration: Dark purplish-brown above, each scale with a crescentic yellowish posterior border; the yellow colour on the scales mav increase in extent and form more or less distinct transverse cross-bars, at any rate on the anterior part of the body; lower parts yellowish, more or less thickly spotted or barred with brown or black; the dark coloration of the back may be continued round the body as annuli (Smith 1943: 83).

Size: Total length: 540, diameter 17 mm (Smith 1943: 83). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • 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
  • Gower, D.J.; Captain, A. & Thakur, S.S. 2008. On the taxonomic status of Uropeltis bicatenata (GÜNTHER) (Reptilia: Serpentes: Uropeltidae). Hamadryad 33 (1): 64 – 82 - 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.
  • Palot, M.J. 2015. A checklist of reptiles of Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(13): 8010–8022 - 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.
  • 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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