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Trachischium fuscum (BLYTH, 1854)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Blackbelly Worm-eating Snake
G: Darjeeling-Wurmnatter 
SynonymCalamaria fusca BLYTH 1854: 288
Calamaria obscuro-striata BLYTH 1854 (fide SMITH 1943)
Trachischium rugosum GÜNTHER 1858 (fide SMITH 1943)
Trachischium fuscum — GÜNTHER 1860
Ablabes fuscus — ANDERSON 1872: 392
Trachischium fuscum — BOULENGER 1893: 297
Ablabes gilgiticus ANNANDALE 1905 (fide WALL 1909)
Eminophis lineolata WERNER 1924 (fide SMITH 1928)
Trachischium fuscum — SMITH 1943: 322
Trachischium fusca — DAS 1996: 59
Trachischium fuscum — WALLACH et al. 2014: 734 
DistributionNepal, India (Jammu & Kashmir, northern West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Assam, eastern Arunachal Pradesh)

Type locality: Darjeeling  
TypesLectotype: ZSI 7044; paralectotypes: ZSI 7043, 7045–53, type lost (fide KRAMER 1977, although he only says "Typus", hence not clear if he meant all types)
Holotype: ZSI14289 [giligiticus]
Holotype: NMW 23456 [lineolata]
Syntype: ZSI 7042, “Rangoon” (now Yangon, Myanmar) [obscurostriata]
Holotype: BMNH 1946.1.12.40 [rugosum] 
CommentSynonymy partly after Wallach 1988, Amphibia-Reptilia 9: 62, and Raha et al. 2018 (who discuss most synonyms in more detail).

Distribution: Possibly in Bhutan (Lenz 2012).

Type species: Calamaria fusca BLYTH 1854: 288 is the type species of the genus Trachischium GÜNTHER 1858. 
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  • 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
  • Gemel, R.; G. Gassner & S. Schweiger 2019. Katalog der Typen der Herpetologischen Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien – 2018. Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, B 121: 33–248
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  • Kramer, E. 1977. Zur Schlangenfauna Nepals. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 84 (3): 721-761. - get paper here
  • Lenz, Norbert 2012. Von Schmetterlingen und Donnerdrachen - Natur und Kultur in Bhutan. Karlsruher Naturhefte 4, Naturkundemuseum Karlsruhe, 124 pp.
  • Nanhoe, L.M.R., & Ouboter, P.E. 1987. The distribution of reptiles and amphibians in the Annapurna-Dhaulagiri region (Nepal). Zoologische Verhandelingen (240): 1-105 - get paper here
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  • RAHA, SUJOY; SUNANDAN DAS, PROBHAT BAG, SUDIPTA DEBNATH, KOUSIK PRAMANICK 2018. Description of a new species of genus Trachischium with a redescription of Trachischium fuscum (Serpentes: Colubridae: Natricinae). Zootaxa 4370 (5): 549-561 - get paper here
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