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Stoliczkia khasiensis JERDON, 1870

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Higher TaxaXenodermidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Khasi Earth Snake, Khase Red Snake 
SynonymStoliczkia khasiensis JERDON 1870
Stoliczkaia khasiensis — BOULENGER 1893: 176
Stoliczkaia khasiensis — SMITH 1943: 126
Stoliczkaia khasiensis — DAS 1996: 59
Stoliczkia khasiensis — DAS 1997: 43
Stoliczkia khasiensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 689 
DistributionIndia (Assam)

Type locality: Khasi Hills (Assam)  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.15.67, male 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus): characterized by distinct scale arrangements on the posterior of the head, and by scales on the body being separated by scaleless skin (Lalronunga et al. 2021). 
CommentType species: Stoliczkia khasiensis JERDON 1870 is the type species of the genus Stoliczkia JERDON 1870.

Key: for a key to the species of the genus Stoliczkia see Lalronunga et al. 2021.

Nomenclature: According to Vogel (Malkmus et al. 2002: 367), the original spelling used by JERDON must be considered proper according to the rules by the Code (ICZN 1985) as it was used twice in the respective volume (once in the description and again in the index) rendering a spelling error unlikely [Art. 32 (c) (ii)]. Furthermore the name Stoliczkaia is preoccupied by Stoliczkaia NEUMAYR, 1875 (Mollusca: Ammonoidea: Lyelliceratidae) and is therefore unavailable. The proper spelling is thus Stoliczkia. 
References
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Das, I. 1997. Checklist of the reptiles of India with English common names. Hamadryad 22 (1): 32-45
  • Jerdon, T.C. 1870. Notes on Indian Herpetology. Proc. Asiat. Soc. Bengal March 1870: 66-85 - get paper here
  • LALRONUNGA, S., LALHMANGAIHA, K., ZOSANGLIANA, I., LALHMINGLIANI, E., GOWER, D. J., DAS, A., & DEEPAK, V. 2021. A new species of Stoliczkia Jerdon, 1870 (Serpentes: Xenodermidae) from Mizoram, India. Zootaxa, 4996(3): 555-568 - get paper here
  • Malkmus, R.; Manthey, U.; Vogel, G. Hoffmann, P. & Kosuch, J. 2002. Amphibians and reptiles of Mount Kinabalu (North Borneo). A.R.G. Ganther Verlag, Rugell, 404 pp.
  • 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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