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Uropeltis macrorhyncha (BEDDOME, 1877)

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Higher TaxaUropeltidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Anamally Earth Snake 
SynonymSilybura macrorhyncha BEDDOME 1877
Silybura macrorhyncha — BEDDOME 1886: 19
Silybura macrorhynchus — BOULENGER 1893: 153
Uropeltis macrorhynchus — SMITH 1943: 78
Uropeltis macrorhyncha — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 146
Uropeltis macrorhynchus — DAS 2003
Uropeltis macrorhyncha — WALLACH et al. 2014: 766 
DistributionS India (Anaimalai Hills (3000—4000 feet), Kerala).

Type locality: ,,Anamullay Mountains, 4,000 feet elevation"  
Reproductionovovivparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.9.7.45 (formerly 83.1.12.24) 
DiagnosisSnout acutely pointed; rostral strongly ridged above, strongly projecting, the portion visible from above, as long as the distance between it and the end of the parietals, separating the nasals for more than half their eye one-fourth to one-third the length of the ocular shield. Scales in 17 rows; V. 203-213, one and a third times broad as the adjacent scales: C. 6. Tail as in ellioti (Smith 1943: 78).

Coloration: Upper parts uniform brown; lower parts brown and yellow, the latter colour confined to the posterior half of the scale; a yellow streak from the mouth along each side of the neck; another on each side of the lower surface of the tail, connected with its fellow by a cross-bar on the anal region (Smith 1943: 78).

Total length: 740, diameter 13 mm (Smith 1943: 78). 
Comment 
References
  • 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
  • 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
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Palot, M.J. 2015. A checklist of reptiles of Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(13): 8010–8022 - 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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