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Rhinophis travancoricus BOULENGER, 1892

IUCN Red List - Rhinophis travancoricus - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Tamil Nadu Earth Snake, Travancore Shieldtail 
SynonymRhinophis travancoricus BOULENGER 1892
Rhinophis travancoricus — BOULENGER 1893: 143
Rhinophis travancoricus — SMITH 1943: 91
Rhinophis travancoricus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 140
Rhinophis travancoricus — MURTHY 2010
Rhinophis travancoricus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 652 
DistributionS India (Travancore; Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Trivandrum, Pirmed, Ernakulam)

Type locality: „near Trevandrum, at the 6th mile-stone towards Vambayam"  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Aengals, R.; S. R. Ganesh 2013. Rhinophis goweri — A New Species of Shieldtail Snake from the Southern Eastern Ghats, India. Russ. J. Herpetol. 20 (1): 61-65 - get paper here
  • Bhupathy, Subramanian & N. Sathishkumar 2013. Status of reptiles in Meghamalai and its environs, Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 5 (15): 4953-4961 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Description of a new earth-snake from Travancore. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 7 (3): 318 [1892] - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Murthy, T.S.N. 2010. The reptile fauna of India. B.R. Publishing, New Delhi, 332 pp.
  • Palot, M.J. 2015. A checklist of reptiles of Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(13): 8010–8022 - get paper here
  • Sharma, R. C. 2004. Handbook Indian Snakes. AKHIL BOOKS, New Delhi, 292 pp.
  • Smith, M.A. 1943. The Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma, Including the Whole of the Indo-Chinese Sub-Region. Reptilia and Amphibia. 3 (Serpentes). Taylor and Francis, London. 583 pp.
  • 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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