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Gongylosoma nicobariensis (STOLICZKA, 1870)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, incertae sedis, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymAblabes nicobariensis STOLICZKA 1870: 184
Ablabes nicobariensis STOLICZKA 1870: 107
Liopeltis nicobariensis — WALL 1924
Liopeltis nicobariensis — SMITH 1943: 185
Liopeltis nicobariensis — DAS 1996: 57
Gongylosoma nicobariensis — DAS 1999
Gongylosoma nicobariense — GRISMER et al. 2003
Liopeltis nicobariensis — SHARMA 2004
Gongylosoma nicobariensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 313 
DistributionIndia (Nicobar Islands)

Type locality: ‘Nicobars’ (in the Bay of Bengal, India). The intended formal description in Stoliczka (1870b), gave the type locality as ‘Nancowry haven on Camorta (Nicobars)’.  
TypesHolotype: ZSI 7201 
CommentKnown only from the holotype. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • 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
  • Das, I. 1999. Biogeography of the amphibians and reptiles of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. In: Ota,H. (ed) Tropical Island herpetofauna..., Elsevier, pp. 43-77
  • Grismer, L.L.; Indraneil Das, and Tzi Ming Leong 2003. A NEW SPECIES OF GONGYLOSOMA (SQUAMATA: COLUBRIDAE) FROM PULAU TIOMAN, WEST MALAYSIA. Herpetologica 59 (4): 565-572 - get paper here
  • Poyarkov Jr, Nikolay A.; Tan Van Nguyen & Gernot Vogel 2019. A new species of the genus Liopeltis Fitzinger, 1843 from Vietnam (Squamata: Colubridae). Journal of Natural History, 53:27-28, 1647-1672 - 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.
  • Stoliczka, F. 1870. Observations of some Indian and Malayan Amphibia and Reptilia (abstract). Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (4) 6: 105-109 - get paper here
  • Stoliczka, F. 1870. Observations on some Indian and Malayan Amphibia and Reptilia. J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 39: 134-228. - get paper here
  • Vijayakumar, S. P. and Patrick David 2006. Taxonomy, Natural History, and Distribution of the Snakes of the Nicobar Islands (INDIA), based on new materials and with an Emphasis on endemic species. Russ. J. Herpetol. 13 (1): 11 – 40
  • 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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