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Uropeltis ruhunae DERANIYAGALA, 1954

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymUropeltis ruhunae DERANIYAGALA 1954
Uropeltis ruhunae — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 151
Uropeltis ruhunae — WALLACH et al. 2014: 782 
DistributionSri Lanka (Galle district, Southern Province)

Type locality: „Galle", Ceylon Map legend:
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Reproductionviviparous 
TypesHolotype: CNM R. S. 52; NMSL RS 52 (fide WICKRAMASINGHE et al. 2009, Zootaxa 2044: 1-22] 
CommentOriginal description: Color: dorsally head dark olive, body dark bluish olive with 33 alternate transverse rows of five or six white dots each dot being as large as the eye. Ventrally yellow ochre a sinuous upper margin and with an anterior median elliptical dark patch of about three or four head lengths and 22 black transverse blotches.

Scales: rostral rounded, its dorsal past as long as frontal which is slightly longer than wide, nasals and prefrontals meeting their fellows mesially. No genials, costals 19.19.19, ventrals 10, preanals 2 enlarged, subcaudals 10, caudal shield convex with two blunt points and with about eight blunt prominences, in dorsal, view its
length is about half of head length.

Diagnosis: Differs from the other two Ceylon Silubouras and from the Indian U. grandis in ventral scalation and color [from DERANIYAGALA 1954]. 
References
  • Deraniyagala. PAUL E. PIERIS 1954. Two new snakes from Ceylon. Proc. 10th Congr. Ceylon Assoc. Advancem. Sci., 1: 24.
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • 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.
 
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