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Aspidura brachyorrhos (BOIE, 1827)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Boie's Rough-sided Snake 
SynonymScytale brachyorrhos BOIE 1827: 517
Aspidura scytale — WAGLER 1830: 191
Calamaria scytale SCHLEGEL 1837 (fide SMITH 1943)
Aspidura scytale — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 128
Aspidura scytale — JAN 1865
Aspidura brachyorrhos — BOULENGER 1890
Aspidura brachyorrhus — BOULENGER 1893: 311
Aspidura brachyorrhos — WALL 1921: 204
Aspidura brachyorrhos — SMITH 1943: 336
Aspidura brachyorrhos — DAS 1996: 54
Aspidura brachyorrhos — MATTISON 2007: 230
Aspidura brachyorrhos — WALLACH et al. 2014: 58 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: "Java," (in error). Corrected to Ceylon by Boie, 1831. Restricted to Sri Lanka by Gans and Fetcho, 1982: 286.  
TypesHolotype: lost, was IRSNB, a 207 mm specimen, lost fide Gans and Fetcho, 1982: 285. 
CommentType species: Scytale brachyorrhos BOIE 1827 is the type species of the genus Aspidura WAGLER 1830: 191. 
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