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Uropeltis rubrolineata (GÜNTHER, 1875)

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Red-lined Earth Snake 
SynonymSilybura rubrolineata GÜNTHER 1875: 228
Silybura rubrolineata — BEDDOME 1886: 14
Silybura rubrolineata — BOULENGER 1893: 155
Uropeltis rubrolineatus — SMITH 1943: 82
Uropeltis rubrolineata — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 150
Uropeltis rubrolineatus — DAS 2003
Uropeltis rubrolineata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 767 
DistributionS India (Western Ghats south of the Palghat Gap to Bhimshankar (80 miles N. E. of Poona, at 2,500 feet, fide ALl 1949: 376). Anaimalai and Travancore hills, Kerala)

Type locality: ,,Anamallays, Tinnevellys". [Silybura rubrolineata GÜNTHER]  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.1.15.53 (formerly; Tinnevellys), 1946.1.15.63 (; Nilgiris, Anamallays, 2,000—4,000 feet). (Silybura rubrolineata GÜNTHER). “The original reports listed three types. B. M. No. RR 1946.1.16.26 from „Malabar" is listed as a type on the jar; it should presumably not be considered such as this locality was not mentioned by GüNTHER” (quoted after GANS 1966). 
DiagnosisDescription: Snout obtusely pointed; portion of rostral visible from above a little longer than its diatance from the frontal; diameter of eye not half the length of the ocular shield. Scales in 17 rows; V. 165-172, one and two-thirds times as
broad as the adjacent scales; C. 6-8. Tail as in macrolepis. Blackish-brown with a yellowish (bright red in life) stripe along each side of the body and tail occupying the greater part of scale-rows 1, 2, and 3; ventrals with irregular spots of the
same colour (Smith 1943: 82).

Size: Total length: 400, diameter 12 mm (Smith 1943: 82). 
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  • 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
  • Constable, JOHN D. 1949. Reptiles from the Indian Peninsula in the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 103: 59-160. - 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
  • Günther,A. 1875. Second report on collections of Indian Reptiles obtained bv the British Museum. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1875: 224-234 - 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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