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Rhinophis roshanpererai WICKRAMASINGHE, VIDANAPATHIRANA, RAJEEV, GOWER, 2017

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Subspecies 
Common NamesSinhala: Roshan Pererage thudulla
Tamil: Roshan Pereravin nilakael pambu
E: Roshan Perera’s shieldtail (or Roshan Perera’s Rhinophis) 
SynonymRhinophis roshanpererai WICKRAMASINGHE, VIDANAPATHIRANA, RAJEEV, GOWER 2017 
DistributionSri Lanka (Badulla District)

Type locality: Galkanda, Beragala, Badulla District, Uva Province, Sri Lanka (6° 45’ 07.98” N, 80° 57’ 20.23” E, elevation 940 m.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: NMSL 2016.08.01 NH (Figs. 2–3; Table 1), adult male, 207.9 mm SVL. Collected by L.J. Mendis Wickramasinghe, Dulan Ranga Vidanapathirana, and M. D. Gehan Rajeev, 10 May 2010. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A Rhinophis restricted to the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka with 17 dorsal scale rows at midbody, more than 160 and fewer than 175 ventral scales, a small tail shield with spines, three or four of which prominent, and lacking yellowish markings laterally or dorsally.
 
CommentDiscovery: The first author first encountered the new species as a single roadkill specimen at the type locality in 1999. 
EtymologyThe species epithet roshanpererai is named for the late Roshan Perera, who was an Instructor of the Reptiles group of the Young Zoologist’s Association of Sri Lanka, Department of National Zoological Gardens, in recognition of his dedicated services to wildlife conservation in Sri Lanka. The species name roshanpererai is a noun in the genitive case. 
References
  • WICKRAMASINGHE, L. J. MENDIS; DULAN RANGA VIDANAPATHIRANA, M. D. GEHAN RAJEEV, DAVID J. GOWER 2017. A new species of Rhinophis Hemprich, 1820 (Serpentes: Uropeltidae) from the central hills of Sri Lanka. Zootaxa 4263 (1): 153-164 - get paper here
 
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