Aspidura ravanai

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Aspidura ravanai
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Aspidura
Species:
A. ravanai
Binomial name
Aspidura ravanai
Wickramasinghe, Vidanapathirana, Kandambi, Pyron & Wickramasinghe, 2017

Aspidura ravanai, commonly known as Ravana's rough-sided snake, and රාවණගේ මැඩිල්ලා (ravanage medilla ) in Sinhala, is a colubrid species endemic to Sri Lanka.[1]

Etymology[edit]

The specific name, ravanai, is in honor of Sri Lankan historical King Ravana.

Geographic range[edit]

A. ravanai is known only from the western slopes Sri Pada sanctuary in the central highlands of Sri Lanka.[2]

Description[edit]

A. ravanai is a small snake similar to its sister lineage A. trachyprocta. The dorsum is dark black in color. A yellowish line runs through the body in venter region.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A new species of Aspidura". mapress.com. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Aspidura ravanai, A New Species of Aspidura Wagler, 1830 (Squamata: Colubridae: Natricinae) from Sri Pada Sanctuary (Peak Wilderness), Sri Lanka". novataxa. Retrieved 1 November 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • Gans C, Fetcho JR. 1982. The Sri Lankan genus Aspidura (Serpentes, Reptilia, Colubridae). Annals of Carnegie Museum 51 (14): 271-316. (Aspidura deraniyagalae, new species).