Calliophis melanurus

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Calliophis melanurus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Calliophis
Species: C. melanurus
Binomial name
Calliophis melanurus
(Shaw, 1802)[1]
  • Coluber melanurus
    Shaw, 1802
  • Vipera trimaculata
    Daudin, 1803
  • Elaps trimaculatus
    Merrem, 1820
  • Elaps melanurus
    Jerdon, 1856
  • Callophis [sic] trimaculatus
    Günther, 1859
  • Callophis [sic] melanurus
    M.A. Smith, 1943
  • Calliophis melanurus
    Slowinski, Boundy & Lawson, 2001[2][3]

Calliophis melanurus, commonly known as the Indian coral snake, is a species of venomous elapid snake[1] endemic to the Indian subcontinent.[3] Two subspecies are recognized,[1] including the nominotypical subspecies.

Geographic range[edit]

It is found in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.[3]

The subspecies Calliophis melanurus sinhaleyus is found in Sri Lanka.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Calliophis melanurus ". ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System).
  2. ^ Boulenger GA (1896). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. III., Containing the ... Viperidæ. London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiv + 727 pp. + Plates I.- XXV. (Callophis [sic] trimaculatus, p. 397).
  3. ^ a b c d "Calliophis melanurus ". The Reptile Database.

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger, George A. (1890). The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. London: Secretary of State for India in Council. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xviii + 541 pp. ("Callophis [sic] trimaculatus", p. 384).
  • Deraniyagala, P.E.P. (1951). "Some New Races of the Snakes Eryx, Callophis [sic] and Echis ". Spolia Zeylanica 26:(2) 147-150. ("Callophis [sic] melanurus sinhaleyus ssp. nov.", p. 148).
  • Slowinski, Joseph B.; Boundy, Jeff; and Lawson, R. (2001). "The phylogenetic relationships of Asian coral snakes (Elapidae: Calliophis and Maticora) based on morphological and molecular characters". Herpetologica 57 (2): 233-245.
  • Smith MA (1943). The Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma, Including the Whole of the Indo-Chinese Sub-region. Reptilia and Amphibia. Vol. III.—Serpentes. London: Secretary of State for India. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 583 pp. (Callophis [sic] melanurus, p. 420).
  • Wall F (1921). Ophidia Taprobanica or the Snakes of Ceylon. Colombo, Ceylon [Sri Lanka]: Colombo Museum. (H.R. Cottle, Government Printer). xxii + 581 pp. (Callophis [sic] trimaculatus, pp. 497–501, Figure 90).

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