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Uropeltis woodmasoni (THEOBALD, 1876)

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesWoodmason's Earth Snake 
SynonymSilybura wood-masoni THEOBALD 1876: 135
Silybura melanogaster GÜNTHER 1875 (non Uropeltis melanogaster GRAY 1858)
Silybura nigra BEDDOME 1878
Silybura nigra — BEDDOME 1886: 12
Silybura nigra — BOULENGER 1893: 151
Uropeltis wood-masoni — SMITH 1943
Uropeltis woodmasoni — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 151
Uropeltis woodmasoni — DAS 2003
Uropeltis woodmasoni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 782 
DistributionS India (Anamalai and Palni Hills, Travancore, Tinnevelly, Nilgiris, Kerala, Tamil Nadu)

Type locality: „Anamallys and Travancore [Silybura melanogaster GÜNTHER]
Type locality: ,,Palney hills”, S India. [Silybura wood-masoni THEOBALD]
Type locality: Pulney Mountains, 4,000 feet elevation". [Silybura nigra BEDDOME]  
TypesHolotype: ZSI 8760 (Silybura wood-masoni THEOBALD)
Holotype: BMNH 1946.1.15.57 (formerly [Silybura melanogaster GÜNTHER]
Syntypes: BMNH 1946.1.1.39 (formerly; 1946.1.15.54 ( — 1946.1.15.56 (; MHNP 95.85 (2 specimens). [Silybura nigra BEDDOME] 
CommentS. melanogaster GÜNTHER 1875 is a secondary junior homonym of Uropeltis melanogaster GRAY 1858. It is hence unavailable und therfore has been replaced by the next available name by GANS 1966. 
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  • 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.
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