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Platyceps bholanathi (SHARMA, 1976)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Sharma's Racer, Nagarjunasagar Racer 
SynonymColuber bholanathi SHARMA 1976
Eremiophis bholanathi
Coluber bholanathi — DAS 1996: 55
Argyrogena bholanathi — SHARMA 2004
Coluber bholanathi — SEETHARAMARAJU & SRINIVASULU 2013
Platyceps bholanathi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 553
Coluber bholanathi — DESHWAL & BECKER 2017 
DistributionIndia (Andhra Pradesh [Kapilatheertham, Nagarjuna Hills and Seshachalam Hills], Karnataka [Bellary], Tamil Nadu [Hosur Hills, Gingee Hills and Villupuram], Telangana [Hyderabad, Nalgonda])

Type locality: Nagarjuna hills (16° 31’ N, 79‚ 14 E), Andhra Pradesh.  
TypesHolotype: ZSI 21337, male; female paratypes (ZSI 21335 and ZSI 21336) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Supralabials 9; loreal 1, preocular 1-2, postocular 2, subpostocular 1 or absent, temporal 2+2 or 2+3; 19 mid body rows; ventral 201-212, anal divided; subcaudal 105-121, paired. 
  • Das, INDRANEIL, BASUDEB DATTAGUPTA and NEMAI CHARAN GAYEN. 1998. History and catalogue of reptile types in the collection of the Zoological Survey of India. J. south Asian nat. Hist. 3 (2): 121-172
  • Deshwal, Anant; Brian Becker 2017. New Locality Record of Nagarjunasagar Racer (Coluber bholanathi) (Squamata: Serpentes: Colubridae) from Near Rishi Valley School, Andhra Pradesh, India. Russ. J. Herpetol. 24 (3): 245-247 - get paper here
  • Ganesh S. R., Adimallaiah D., Kailash P. K. 2013. New locality records of Nagarjun Sagar Racer Snake, Coluber bholanathi Sharma, 1976. Herpetotropicos 9 (1-2): 09-12 - get paper here
  • Ganesh, S.R.; A. Kalaimani, P. Karthik, N. Baskaran, R. Nagarajan & S.R.Chandramouli 2018. Herpetofauna of Southern Eastern Ghats, India – II From Western Ghats to Coromandel Coast. Asian Journal of Conservation Biology, July 2018. Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 28-45 - get paper here
  • Guptha, Bubesh; Nimmakayala Venkata Sivaram Prasad, Deepak Veerappan. 2012. Rediscovery and range extension of Coluber bholanathi Sharma, 1976 from Seshachalam hills, Andhra Pradesh, India. Herpetology Notes 6: 447-448
  • Melvinselvan, G., Nibedita, D., Magesh, P., Elambharathy, K. 2018. New Locality Records of Nagarjunsagar Racer, Platyceps bholanathi, Sharma 1976 from Tamil Nadu, Southern India. Captive & Field Herpetology 2 (1): 29-32 - get paper here
  • Samson, Arockianathan; Palanisamy Santhoshkumar, Balasundaram Ramakrishnan, Sivaraj Karthick & Chandrashekaruni Gnaneswar 2017. New distribution record of Nagarjunasagar Racer Platyceps bholanathi (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae) in Sigur, Nilgiris landscape, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 9 (3): 10014–10017 - get paper here
  • Seetharamaraju, M. & C. Srinivasulu 2013. Discovery and description of male specimen of Coluber bholanathi Sharma, 1976 (Reptilia: Colubridae) from Hyderabad, India. Taprobanica 5 (1): 32-35 - get paper here
  • Sharma, R. C. 1976. Some observations on ecology and systematics of Coluber bholanati, a new species of snake from India. Comp. Physiol. Ecol. 1 (3): 105-107
  • Sharma, R. C. 2004. Handbook Indian Snakes. AKHIL BOOKS, New Delhi, 292 pp.
  • Sharma, Vivek; Jose Louies, Aditya Vattam 2013. A Contribution to Coluber bholanathi Sharma, 1976 (Serpentes: Colubridae). Russ. J. Herpetol. 20 (4): 259-263 - get paper here
  • Smart, Utpal; Eric N. Smith, B.H.C.K. Murthy & Arun Mohanty 2014. Report of Nagarjunasagar Racer Coluber bholanathi Sharma, 1976 (Squamata: Serpentes: Colubridae) from the Gingee Hills, Tamil Nadu, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 6 (4): 5671-5674 - get paper here
  • Srinivasulu C., Das I. 2008. The Herpetofauna of Nallamala Hills, Eastern Ghats, India: an annotated checklist, with remarks on nomenclature, taxonomy, habitat use, adaptive types and biogeography. Asiatic Herpetological Research 11: 110–131 - 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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