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Teretrurus hewstoni (BEDDOME, 1876)

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymPlatyplectrurus hewstoni BEDDOME 1876
Teretrurus sanguineus var. Hewstoni BEDDOME 1886: 28
Teretrurus hewstoni — GANESH & MURTHY 2022 
DistributionS India (Wynaad, Kerala).

Type locality: "Manantoddy, in the Wynad, elevation 2,700 feet"  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.15.77 (formerly 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A species of Teretrurus endemic to Wayanad Hills, possessing a distinct supraocular shield (vs. lacking in T. rhodogaster), with much lower ventral counts 120-128 (vs. 130-136 in T. travancoricus; 142-150 in T. sanguineus). (Ganesh & Murthy 2022) 
CommentSynonymy: Teretrurus hewstoni has been synonymized with T. sanguineus by Boulenger 1890, but revalidated by Ganesh & Murthy 2022 
  • Beddome, R.H. 1876. Description of a new species Indian snake of the genus Platyplectrurus from the Wynad. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1876: 701. - get paper here
  • Beddome, R.H. 1886. An account of the earth snakes of the Peninsula of India and Ceylon. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (5) 17: 3-33. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, George A. 1890. The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. Taylor & Francis, London, xviii, 541 pp. - get paper here
  • Ganesh, S. R., & Murthy, B. C. 2022. Taxonomy of the shieldtail snake genus Teretrurus Beddome, 1886 (Serpentes: Uropeltidae) with a revised key and remarks on the geographic gaps in the Western Ghats, Peninsular India. Records of the Zoological Survey of India, 122(1), 25-35
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