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Sibynophis subpunctatus (DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL, 1854)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Sibynophiinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Jerdon's Many-tooth Snake, Black-headed snake 
SynonymOligodon subpunctatus DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 58
Oligodon spinaepunctatus JAN 1862 (fide SMITH 1943)
Enicognathus humberti JAN 1863 (fide SMITH 1943)
Enicognathus Humberti — JAN 1866
Polyodontophis subpunctatus — BOULENGER 1890
Polydontophis [sic] subpunctatus — BOULENGER 1893: 186
Polyodontophis subpunctatus — WALL 1905: 297
Polyodontophis subpunctatus — WALL 1921: 84
Sibynophis subpunctatus — SCHMIDT 1926: 171
Sibynophis subpunctatus — SMITH 1943: 279
Sibynophis subpunctatus — DAS 1996: 59
Rhadinaea melanocephala (fide WALL 1921)
Sibynophis subpunctatus — CAPTAIN et al. 2004
Sibynophis subpunctatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 673 
DistributionIndia (Gujarat, Maharashtra (Pune (=Poona) district) [A. Captain, pers. comm.], Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana), Sri Lanka  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 3240 
Diagnosis 
CommentOligodon subpunctatus A.-M.-C. Duméril & G. Bibron, 1854 (type locality: "Malabar, Inde" [= Malabar Hills/Western Ghats, southwestern India]) has been synonymized with Sibynophis sagittaria [VYAS 2007] 
References
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