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Oligodon kheriensis ACHARJI & RAY, 1936

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Coral red kukri snake 
SynonymOligodon kheriensis ACHARJI & RAY 1936
Oligodon kheriensis — DAS 1996
Oligodon kheriensis — SCHLEICH & KÄSTLE 2004
Oligodon kheriensis — DAVID et al. 2011
Oligodon kheriensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 498 
DistributionIndia (Uttar Pradesh), SW Nepal

Type locality. “North Kheri Division, Eastern Circle, Kheri- Lakimpur, in the United Provinces”, currently near Kheri, 27° 57’ N, 80° 47’ E, Lakhimpur Kheri District, State of Uttar Pradesh, India.  
TypesHolotype: ZSI 20391 (adult female). 
CommentOligodon kheriensis ACHARJI & RAY 1936 has been removed from the synonymy of Oligodon cyclurus by DAVID et al. 2011.

Specimens: known from only 2 specimens.

Oligodon kheriensis can be separated from O. cyclurus by the following characters: (1) higher number of ventral scales, 196 vs. 159–178 VEN (latter values based on examined specimens, plus a few literature records dealing only with specimens from India) in O. cyclurus; (2) uniform dorsum vs. reticulated or blotched (or blotched and striped) in O. cyclurus, and (3) the absence of the large, arrow-like cephalic and nape marking in O. kheriensis. O. kheriensis is also geographically isolated from Oligodon cyclurus. 
  • Acharji, M.N. & Ray, H.C. 1936. A new species of Oligodon from the United Provinces (India). Records of the Indian Museum 38: 519−520.
  • Das,I. 1996. Biogeography of the Reptiles of South Asia. Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, Florida
  • DAVID, PATRICK; INDRANEIL DAS & GERNOT VOGEL 2011. On some taxonomic and nomenclatural problems in Indian species of the genus Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826 (Squamata: Colubridae). Zootaxa 2799: 1–14 - 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
  • NEANG, THY; L. LEE GRISMER & JENNIFER C. DALTRY 2012. A new species of kukri snake (Colubridae: Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826) from the Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary, Cardamom Mountains, southwest Cambodia. Zootaxa 3388: 41–55 - get paper here
  • NGUYEN, SANG NGOC; VU DANG HOANG NGUYEN, SON HONG LE, ROBERT W. MURPHY 2016. A new species of kukri snake (Squamata: Colubridae: Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826) from Con Dao Islands, southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 4139 (2): 261–273 - get paper here
  • Pandey, Deb Prasad 2018. New records of snakes from Chitwan National Park and vicinity, Central Nepal. Herpetology Notes 11: 679-696 - get paper here
  • Pandey, Deb Prasad, Bishnu Lama, Dipendra Dhungel, Aniket Modak and Dusan Jelic. 2016. Oligodon kheriensis ACHARJI & RAY, 1936, in India and Nepal, with notes on distribution, ecology and conservation. Herpetozoa 28 (3/4): 181-184 - get paper here
  • Rawat, Y.B., S. Bhattarai, L.P. Poudyal & N. Subedi 2020. Herpetofauna of Shuklaphanta National Park, Nepal. Journal of Threatened Taxa 12(5): 15587–15611 - get paper here
  • Schleich, H.H. & Kästle, W. 2002. Amphibians and Reptiles of Nepal. Koeltz, Königstein, 1200 pp. [review in Reptilia 40: 87] - get paper here
  • Sutradhar, Sanjoy; Anukul Nath 2013. An Account on Poorly Known Corral Red Snake Oligodon kheriensis Acharji et Ray, 1936 from Assam, India. Russ. J. Herpetol. 20 (4): 247-252 - 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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