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Xenochrophis cerasogaster (CANTOR, 1839)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Painted Keelback
G: Dunkelbäuchige Fischnatter 
SynonymPsammophis cerasogaster CANTOR 1839: 52
? Tropidonotus cerasogaster — GÜNTHER 1859: 224
Xenochrophis cerasogaster — GÜNTHER 1864
Amphiesma schistaceum JAN 1865 (fide SMITH 1943)
Xenochrophis cerasogaster — BOULENGER 1893: 191
Xenochrophis cerasogaster — SMITH 1943: 317
Xenochrophis cerasogaster — DAS 1996: 59
Xenochrophis cerasogaster — WALLACH et al. 2014: 797 
DistributionPakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, India (Assam, Uttar Pradesh), West Malaysia

Type locality: Vicinity of Calcutta  
TypesLectotype: iconotype, color plate in the Bodleian Library, London (fide KRAMER 1977) 
CommentMax length 660 mm.

Distribution: Possibly in Bhutan (Lenz 2012).

Type species: Psammophis cerasogaster CANTOR 1839: 52 is the type species of the genus Xenochrophis GÜNTHER 1864. 
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  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, George A. 1890. The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. Taylor & Francis, London, xviii, 541 pp. - get paper here
  • Cantor, T. E. 1839. Spicilegium serpentium indicorum [part 1]. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1839: 31-34 - get paper here
  • Ghosh, A; 2019. Xenochrophis cerasogaster (Painted Keelback) Diet Herpetological Review 50 (1): 168
  • Grismer, L. Lee; Chan K. Onn, Jesse L. Grismer, Perry L. Wood, Jr., and A. Norhayati 2010. A CHECKLIST OF THE HERPETOFAUNA OF THE BANJARAN BINTANG, PENINSULAR MALAYSIA. Russ. J. Herpetol. 17 (2): 147-160 - get paper here
  • Günther,A. 1859. On the geographical distribution of reptiles. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (3) 3: 221-237 - get paper here
  • Kästle , W., Rai, K. & Schleich, H.H. 2013. FIELD GUIDE to Amphibians and Reptiles of Nepal. ARCO-Nepal e.V., 625 pp. - get paper here
  • Khan, M.S. 2002. Die Schlangen Pakistans [English edition as “A Guide to the snakes of Pakistan”]. Edition Chimaira (Frankfurt am Main), 265 pp. [review in HR 34: 400, Russ J Herp 12: 79] - get paper here
  • Kramer, E. 1977. Zur Schlangenfauna Nepals. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 84 (3): 721-761. - get paper here
  • Lenz, Norbert 2012. Von Schmetterlingen und Donnerdrachen - Natur und Kultur in Bhutan. Karlsruher Naturhefte 4, Naturkundemuseum Karlsruhe, 124 pp.
  • Malnate, E.V., and S.A. Menton 1965. A rediscription of the natricine snake Xenochrophis cerasogaster, with comments on its taxonomic states. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 117:19-41. - get paper here
  • Purkayastha, Jayaditya, Madhurima Das, Gernot Vogel, Parimal C. Bhattacharjee and Saibal Sengupta. 2013. Comments on Xenochrophis cerasogaster (Cantor, 1839) (Serpentes: Natricidae) with remarks on its natural history and distribution. Hamadryad 36 (2): 149-156 - get paper here
  • Purkayastha, Jayaditya; Madhurima Das, and Saibal Sengupta 2011. Urban herpetofauna: a case study in Guwahati City of Assam, India. Herpetology Notes 4: 195-202 - 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.
  • Sourav, Sharif Hossain and Jayaditya Purkayastha 2011. Xenochrophis cerasogaster (Cantor, 1839) (Serpentes: Colubridae): Distribution extension in Bangladesh. Check List 7 (3): 352-353 - get paper here
  • Swan, L.W., & Leviton, A.E. 1962. The herpetology of Nepal: a history, check list, and zoogeographical analysis of the herpetofauna. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 32 (6) (4.s.): 103-147. - get paper here
  • Wall, F. 1907. Notes on Snakes collected in Fyzabad. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 18: 101-129 - get paper here
  • 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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