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Uropeltis smithi (GANS, 1966)

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesSmith's Earth Snake 
SynonymRhinophis grandis BEDDOME 1867 (non Uropeltis grandis KELLART 1857)
Silybura grandis — BEDDOME 1886: 11
Silybura grandis — BOULENGER 1893: 148
Uropeltis grandis — SMITH 1943: 85
Uropeltis smithi GANS 1966 (nomen novum)
Uropeltis smithi — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 151
Uropeltis smithi — DAS 2003
Uropeltis smithi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 782 
DistributionIndia (Anaimalai hills, 4,000—4,700 feet, Kerala).

Type locality: „Anamallay forests in moist woods at 4,000 feet elevation", S India  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.1.16.52; MHNP 95.79. 
CommentR. grandis BEDDOME 1867 is a secondary junior homonym of Uropeltis grandis KELAART 1857 and has therefore been replaced by GANS 1966. 
EtymologyNamed after Hobart M. Smith (1912-2013), American herpetologist and one of the most prolific herpetologists of all time. 
  • Beddome,R.H. 1867. Descriptions and figures of five new snakes from the Madras Presidency. Madras Quart. J. Med. Sci., 11: 14-16. [Reprint: J. Soc. Bibliogr. Nat. Sci., London, 1 (10): 315- 317, 1940.] - get paper here
  • 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
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. 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. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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