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Sinomicrurus nigriventer (WALL, 1908)

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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymCalliophis macclellandi nigriventer WALL 1908
Sinomicrurus nigriventer — MIRZA et al. 2020 
DistributionIndia (Himachal Pradesh)  
DiagnosisMorphologically, it differs from its congeners in having a reddish brown dorsum and a mid-dorsal black vertebral strip extending from the nape to the vent and with three thin bands on the tail, belly white with black smear up to the vent, tail dorsum with a few band-like blotches, and males with 230–235 ventral scales.

CommentSinomicrurus nigriventer is embedded within a clade comprising S. peinani, but not S. macclellandi s. l., with a genetic distance of 7–16% from its congeners (Mirza et al. 2020). 
  • MIRZA, ZEESHAN A.; VISHAL VARMA, PATRICK D CAMPBELL 2020. On the systematic status of Calliophis macclellandi nigriventer Wall, 1908 (Reptilia: Serpentes: Elapidae). Zootaxa 4821 (1): 105–120 - get paper here
  • Wall, F. 1908. A new colour variety of MacClelland’s coral snake (Calliophis macclellandi) and extension of the habitat of the species. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society, 19: 266
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