Homalopsis hardwickii GRAY, 1842
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Homalopsis hardwickii?
|Higher Taxa||Homalopsidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Hardwick’s Water Snake|
|Synonym||Homalopsis hardwickii GRAY 1842: 65|
Homalopsis hardwickii — MURPHY et al. 2012
Homalopsis hardwickii — MURPHY & VORIS 2014: 24
Homalopsis hardwickii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 335
Type locality: “India.”
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 19220.127.116.11.”|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Homalopsis hardwickii has a divided loreal contacting upper labials 1–4; two prefrontal scales; 39 scale rows at midbody reduced to 28 posteriorly; one postocular scale and no presubocular scale; 13 or 14 upper labials; 159 ventrals. Homalopsis buccata has a single loreal contacting upper labials 1–4; one postocular scale plus a postsubocular scale; H. nigroventralis has upper labials 1–3 contacting the loreal; one or two postocular scales plus one postsubocular scale; and a reverse color pattern on the venter (dark olive-gray with white spots). H. semi- zonata has three prefrontals; one postocular and one postsubocular. The new species, H. mereljcoxi, has a single loreal contacting upper labials 1–4; 40–49 scale rows at midbody, reduced to 30 or more posteriorly; and two pos- tocular scales plus a postsubocular [MURPHY et al. 2012].|
|Comment||Only known from a few museum specimens of uncertain origin.|
|Etymology||Named after Major-General Thomas Hardwicke (1756-1835) who served in the Bengal army of the Honourable East India Company. He was an amateur naturalist and collector who worked with Gray.|
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