Uropeltis pulneyensis (BEDDOME, 1863)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Uropeltis pulneyensis?
|Higher Taxa||Uropeltidae, Henophidia, Serpentes (snakes)|
|Common Names||Indian Earth Snake, Palni Shieldtail|
|Synonym||Plectrurus pulneyensis BEDDOME 1863|
Plectrurus pulneyensis BEDDOME 1864: 180
Rhinophis pulneyensis — GÜNTHER 1864: 187
Plectrurus pulneyensis — BEDDOME 1866
Silybura guentheri BEDDOME 1878
Silybura Güntheri — BEDDOME 1886: 23
Silybura pulneyensis — BEDDOME 1886: 23
Silybura pulneyensis — BOULENGER 1893: 147
Uropeltis pulneyensis — SMITH 1943
Uropeltis pulneyensis — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 149
Uropeltis pulneyensis — MURTHY 2010
|Distribution||S India (Palni and Travancore hills, Madura district, 5,000—7,000 feet).|
Type locality: ,,Pulneys at an elevation of 7,000 to 8,000 feet". [Plectrurus pulneyensis BEDDOME]
Type locality: ,, ,High Wavy‘ mountain, Madura district, 5000 feet elevation". [Silybura guentheri BEDDOME] Map legend:
- 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 this does not always work properly. We are working on it.
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 19184.108.40.206 (formerly 220.127.116.11). [Silybura guentheri BEDDOME]|
Syntypes: BMNH 1918.104.22.168; MHNP 95.78 [Plectrurus pulneyensis BEDDOME]
|Comment||Description after BEDDOME (1864: 180): “Rostral rather obtuse, produced back between the nasals, and touching the frontals, nasals not meeting; eye small, in front of the ocular shield; no supraorbitals; vertical 6-sided; occipitals rounded behind; 4 upper labials. Scales round the neck 19, round the body 17; subcaudals, male, about 12, female 6-8. Tail compressed, ending in a small spinose keel, more or less bicuspid. Scales of the tail all smooth. Colour uniform earthy brown; a lateral bright yellow streak from the labials continued on each side of the trunk, about 1 inch or 1_ inch in length; a few minute yellow specks on the back; belly with broad bright yellow transverse bands, very irregular as to number and shape; yellow markings about the vent and tail.”|
After BEDDOME (1864: 180), pulneyensis and wynandensis “...differ from the typical form of this genus in their much smaller size and in the absence of a supraorbital shield. As, however, they have the same compressed tail, I prefer keeping them in this genus to making a new genus for them.”