Oligodon nikhili

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Oligodon nikhili
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Oligodon
Species: O. nikhili
Binomial name
Oligodon nikhili
Whitaker & Dattatri, 1982

Oligodon nikhili, known commonly as Nikhil's kukri snake, is a species of snake found in the Palni Hills of southern India.[1][2][3]

Etymology[edit]

Both the specific name, nikhili, and the common name, Nikhil's kukri snake, are in honor of Nikhil Whitaker (born 1979), the son of herpetologist Romulus Whitaker.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ World Conservation Monitoring Centre (1996). "Oligodon nikhili". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2006. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 12 May 2006. 
  2. ^ Whitaker R, Captain A (2008). Snakes of India: The Field Guide. Chennai, India: Draco Books. 495 pp. ISBN 978-8190187305.
  3. ^ Whitaker R, Dattatri S (1982). "A new species of Oligodon from the Palni Hills, south India (Serpentes: Colubridae)". J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 79 (3): 630-631. (Oligodon nikhili, new species).
  4. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Oligodon nikhili p. 190).