Oligodon kheriensis ACHARJI & RAY, 1936
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Oligodon kheriensis?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Coral red kukri snake|
|Synonym||Oligodon 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
|Distribution||India (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.
|Types||Holotype: ZSI 20391 (adult female).|
|Comment||Oligodon 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.