Aspidura desilvai

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Aspidura desilvai
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Aspidura
Species:
A. desilvai
Binomial name
Aspidura desilvai

Aspidura desilvai, commonly known as De Silva's rough-sided snake or Sinhala: මැඩිල්ලන්, romanized: desilvage madilla, is a species of snake in the family Colubridae.[1] The species is endemic to Sri Lanka.[2]

Etymology[edit]

The specific name, desilvai, is in honor of Pilippu Hewa Don Hemasiri de Silva, the former director of the National Museums of Sri Lanka from 1965 to 1981 and also the author of the book Snake Fauna of Sri Lanka: with special reference to skull, dentition and venom in snakes.[2]

Geographic range[edit]

The species is endemic to the Knuckles Mountain Range in the Matale District of Sri Lanka.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Aspidura species from Knuckles Range". The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Wickramasinghe, Nethu; Vidanapathirana, Dulan Ranga; Bandara, Imesh Nuwan; Wickramasinghe, L. J. Mendis (2019-02-20). "A new species of Aspidura Wagler, 1830 (Squamata: Colubridae: Natricinae) from Knuckles, World Heritage Site, Sri Lanka". Zootaxa. 4559 (2): 265–280. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4559.2.3. ISSN 1175-5334.