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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Indian Krait, Common krait
G: Indischer Krait 
SynonymPseudoboa caerulea SCHNEIDER 1801: 284
Boa lineata SHAW 1802 (fide SMITH 1943)
Bungarus arcuatus DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 1272 (fide SMITH 1943)
Bungarus caeruleus — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 1273
Bungarus caeruleus — BOULENGER 1890
Bungarus candidus var. caeruleus BOULENGER 1896
Bungarus sindanus BOULENGER 1897 (fide SMITH 1943)
Bungarus candidus — WALL 1907 (fide SMITH 1943)
Bungarus caeruleus SMITH 1943: 413
Bungarus caeruleus — WELCH 1994: 37
Bungarus caeruleus — JANZEN et al. 2007
Bungarus caeruleus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 127
Bungarus caerulus — RAIS et al. 2016 (in error)
Bungarus caerulus — GAYEN et al. 2019 (in error) 
DistributionAfghanistan, Pakistan, India (Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka (Castle Rock, and probably all over) [A. Captain, pers. Comm.], Punjab [Dino Aulakh, pers. comm.], Jammu and Kashmir), Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal.

Type locality: “Vizagapatam, Andhra Pradesh, south India”; “India orientali” according to BAUER (1998).  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesSyntype: ZMB 2787 
Diagnosis 
CommentVenomous!

This is one of four common venomous snakes of medical importance in India. The others are Naja naja, Echis carinatus, and Daboia russeli.

Distribution: Possibly in Bhutan (Lenz 2012). 
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