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Uropeltis dindigalensis (BEDDOME, 1877)

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Sirumalai Hills Earth Snake 
SynonymSilybura dindigalensis BEDDOME 1877
Silybura dindigalensis — BEDDOME 1886: 13
Silybura dindigalensis — BOULENGER 1893: 152
Uropeltis dindigalensis SMITH 1943: 77
Uropeltis dindigalensis — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 145
Uropeltis dindigalensis — DAS 2003
Uropeltis cf. dindigalensis — GANESH et al. 2014
Uropeltis dindigalensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 779 
DistributionS India (Sirumalai Hills, Madura district, 4,000-5,000 feet, Tamil Nadu)

Type locality: ,,Heavy forest on the Sirumullay hills, near Dindigul, at 4000—5000
feet elevation".  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.1.16.37 (formerly; 1946.1.16.2 (, 1946.1.16.4 (; MNHN (= MHNP) 95.88. 
DiagnosisDescription: Snout acutely pointed; portion of rostral visible from above longer than the distance between it and the middle of the frontal, separating the nasals for more than half their length; eye one-third the length of the ocular shield. Scales in 17 rows; V. 155-168, one and a half times as broad as the adjacent scales; C. 5-10. Tail as in ellioti (Smith 1943: 77).

Coloration: Dirty yellowish above, the scales more or less thickly speckled with brown, or with brown spots; belly dark brown, with yellow spots or irregular cross-bars; a yellow streak on the lips, continued along each side of the neck; tail yellow below with a large brown spot behind the vent (Smith 1943: 77).

Size: Total length: 370, diameter 12 mm (Smith 1943: 77) 
  • Beddome, R.H. 1877. Descriptions of three new snakes of the family Uropeltidae from Southern India. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1877: 167-168. - 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
  • Bhupathy, Subramanian & N. Sathishkumar 2013. Status of reptiles in Meghamalai and its environs, Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 5 (15): 4953-4961 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Das, Indraneil 2003. Growth of Knowledge on the Reptiles of India, with an Introduction to Systematics, Taxonomy and Nomenclature. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 100 (2-3): 446-502 - get paper here
  • Ganesh, S. R.; M. Arumugam 2016. Species Richness of Montane Herpetofauna of Southern Eastern Ghats, India: A Historical Resume and a Descriptive Checklist. Russ. J. Herpetol. 23 (1): 7-24 - get paper here
  • Ganesh, S. R.; Subramanian Bhupathy, Patrick David, N. Sathishkumar, G. Srinivas 2014. Snake Fauna of High Wavy Mountains, Western Ghats, India: Species Richness, Status, and Distribution Pattern. Russ. J. Herpetol. 21 (1): 53-64
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Pyron R. A., Ganesh S. R., Sayyed A., Sharma V., Wallach V. & Somaweera R. 2016. A catalogue and systematic overview of the shield-tailed snakes (Serpentes: Uropeltidae). [type catalogue] Zoosystema 38 (4): 453-506 - get paper here
  • 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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