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Xylophis perroteti (DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL, 1854)

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Higher TaxaPareidae (Xylophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Perrotet's Mountain Snake, Striped Narrow-headed Snake 
SynonymPlatypteryx Perroteti DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 501
Rhabdosoma microcephalum GÜNTHER 1858: 12 (fide SMITH 1943)
Geophis microcephalus — GÜNTHER 1864: 200 (fide SMITH 1943)
Platypteryx perroteti — JERDON 1865: 417
Platypteryx Perroteti — JAN 1865
Geophis perroteti — ANDERSON 1871: 33
Xylophis perroteti — BOULENGER 1890: 283
Xylophis perroteti — BOULENGER 1893: 304
Xylophis perroteti — SMITH 1943: 342
Xylophis perroteti — DAS 1996: 60
Xylophis perroteti — WALLACH et al. 2014: 804 
DistributionIndia (Western Ghats, Kerala), elevations above 1500 m  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 7300; note that BMNH 1946.1.12.38 is also labelled as type
Holotype: BMNH 1946.1.12.38, female [microcephalum] 
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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
  • Deepak, V.; Sara Ruane & David J. Gower 2018. A new subfamily of fossorial colubroid snakes from the Western Ghats of peninsular India. Journal of Natural History, 52:45-46, 2919-2934, DOI: 10.1080/00222933. - get paper here
  • DEEPAK, V.; SURYA NARAYANAN, SANDEEP DAS, K.P. RAJKUMAR, P.S. EASA, K.A. SREEJITH, DAVID J. GOWER 2020. Description of a new species of Xylophis Beddome, 1878 (Serpentes: Pareidae: Xylophiinae) from the Western Ghats, India. Zootaxa 4755 (2): 231–250 - get paper here
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  • Gower, D.J. & Winkler 2007. Taxonomy of The IndIan snake Xylophis Beddome (Serpentes: Caenophidia), with description of a new species. Hamadryad 31 (2): 315-329 - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1858. Catalogue of Colubrine snakes of the British Museum. London, I - XVI, 1 - 281
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  • Santhoshkumar, Palanisamy; Perumal Kannan 2017. Impacts of Roads on the Mortality of Endemic Striped Narrow Headed Snake Xylophis perroteti (Family: Xenodermatidae) in Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu. Russ. J. Herpetol. 24 (2): 87-90 - get paper here
  • Santhoshkumar, P. & P. Kannan 2017. Striped Narrow-headed Snake - Diet of the endemic Xylophis perroteti in Nilgiris. Zoo’s Print 32 (5): 22-23 - get paper here
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  • 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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