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Taxonomy of the family Uropeltidae
Bibliography of the genus Uropeltis
Biodiversity of the family Uropeltidae








Genus
Uropeltis

Typical Shieldtails

Eigentliche Schildschwänze

Egentlige Skjoldhaler

1829 Uropeltis Cuvier (type species: Uropeltis ceylanicus Cuvier 1829)
1845 Siluboura Gray (type species: Uropeltis ceylanicus Cuvier 1829; syn. Pyron, Ganesh, Sayyed, Sharma, Wallach & Somaweera 2016)
1851 Coloburus Dumeril in Dumeril & Dumeril (type species: Uropeltis ceylanicus Cuvier 1829; syn. Pyron, Ganesh, Sayyed, Sharma, Wallach & Somaweera 2016)
Contents: 25 species, all of which are endemic.
Remarks: Grammatical gender of Uropeltis is feminine (Lanza & Boscherini 2000).
Distribution: India (Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu).

Uropeltis arcticeps

Tirunelveli Shieldtail

Tirunelveli-Schildschwanz

Tirunelveli-skjoldhale

1875 Silybura arcticeps Günther
Silybura nilgherriensis arcticeps Beddome 1886
Uropeltis arcticeps Smith 1943
1886 Silybura nilgherriensis var. picta Beddome (Gans 1966)

Remarks: Previously included madurensis.
Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).


Uropeltis beddomii

Anaimalai Shieldtail, (Beddome's Shieldtail)

Anaimalai-Schildschwanz

Anaimalai-skjoldhale

1862 Silybura beddomii Günther
Uropeltis beddomii Wall 1923

Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).


Uropeltis bhupathyi

Anaikatty Shieldtail

Anaikatty-Schildschwanz

Anaikatty-skjoldhale

2018 Uropeltis bhupathyi Jins, Sampaio & Gower

Distribution: India (Tamil Nadu).





Uropeltis bicatenata

Two-chained Shieldtail

Ketten-Schildschwanz

Kæde-skjoldhale

1864 Silybura bicatenata Günther
Uropeltis ceylanicus bicatenata Murthy 1990
Uropeltis bicatenata Gower, Captain & Thakur 2008

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of ceylanicus (e.g., Gans 1966). Revalidated by Gower, Captain & Thakur (2008).
Distribution: India (Maharashtra).


Uropeltis broughami

Sirumalai Shieldtail

Sirumalai-Schildschwanz

Sirumalai-skjoldhale

1878 Silybura broughami Beddome
Uropeltis broughami Smith
1878 Silybura levingii Beddome (Pyron, Ganesh, Sayyed, Sharma, Wallach & Somaweera 2016)

Distribution: India (Tamil Nadu).


Uropeltis ceylanica

Kerala Shieldtail

Kerala-Schildschwanz

Kerala-skjoldhale

1829 Uropeltis ceylanica Cuvier
Pseudotyphlops ceylanicus Schlegel 1839
Silyboura ceylonicus [unjustified emendation] Gray 1845
Coloburus ceylanicus Duméril & Duméril 1951
1854 Uropeltis affinis Jerdon (Pyron, Ganesh, Sayyed, Sharma, Wallach & Somaweera 2016)
1862 Silybura brevis Günther (Pyron, Ganesh, Sayyed, Sharma, Wallach & Somaweera 2016)
1863 Silybura nilgherriensis Beddome (Pyron, Ganesh, Sayyed, Sharma, Wallach & Somaweera 2016)
1886 Silybura nilgherriensis var. annulata Beddome (Gans 1966)
Silybura ellioti annulata Boulenger 1893
Uropeltis ceylanicus annulata Murthy 1990

Remarks: Previously included bicatenata and shortii. Named after an incorrect type locality "Ceylan", but never reported from Sri Lanka (Whitaker & Captain 2004).
Distribution: India (Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu).


Uropeltis dindigalensis

Dindigul Shieldtail, (Sirumalai Shieldtail)

Dindigul-Schildschwanz

Dindigul-skjoldhale

1877 Silybura dindigalensis Beddome
Uropeltis dindigalensis Smith 1943
Uropeltis ellioti dindigalensis Mahendra 1984

Distribution: India (Tamil Nadu).


Uropeltis ellioti

Madras Shieldtail, (Elliot's Shieldtail)

Madras-Schildschwanz

Madras-skjoldhale

1858 Siloboura ellioti Gray
Uropeltis ellioti Smith 1943
1875 Silybura punctata Günther (Pyron, Ganesh, Sayyed, Sharma, Wallach & Somaweera 2016)

Distribution: India (Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu).


Uropeltis grandis

Violet Shieldtail, (Smith's Shieldtail)

Violett-Schildschwanz

Violet Skjoldhale

1867 Rhinophis grandis Beddome [not Uropeltis grandis Kelaart 1857]
Silybura grandis Gunther 1868
Uropeltis grandis Smith 1943
1966 Uropeltis smithi Gans [replacement name for Rhinophis grandis Beddome 1867] (Pyron, Ganesh, Sayyed, Sharma, Wallach & Somaweera 2016)

Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).


Uropeltis liura

Ashambu Shieldtail

Ashambu-Schildschwanz

Ashambu-skjoldhale

1875 Silybura liura Günther
Uropeltis liura Smith 1943

Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).


Uropeltis macrolepis

Large-scaled Shieldtail

Großschuppige Schildschwanz

Storskællet Skjoldhale

1862 Silybura macrolepis Peters
Uropeltis macrolepis Chari 1955
1955 Uropeltis macrolepis mahableshwarensis Chari

Other common names:
macrolepis: Bombay Hill Shieldtail
mahableshwarensis: Mahableshwar Shieldtail
Distribution: India (Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra).


Uropeltis macrorhyncha

Large-nosed Shieldtail, (Anaimalai Shieldtail)

Großnasen-Schildschwanz

Bredsnudet Skjoldhale

1877 Silybura macrorhyncha Beddome
Uropeltis macrorhynchus Smith 1943

Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).


Uropeltis maculata

Orange-spotted Shieldtail, Red-sided Shieldtail

Orangegefleckte Schildschwanz

Orangeplettet Skjoldhale

1878 Silybura maculata Beddome
Uropeltis maculatus Smith 1943

Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).


Uropeltis madurensis

Periyar Shieldtail

Periyar-Schildschwanz

Periyar-skjoldhale

1878 Silybura madurensis Beddome
Uropeltis arcticeps madurensis Smith 1943
Uropeltis madurensis Ganesh, Aengals & Ramanujam 2014

Remarks: Previously regarded as a subspecies of arcticeps (e.g., Gans 1966). Revalidated as a separate species by Ganesh, Aengals & Ramanujam (2014). Not mentioned for Kerala by Palot (2015).
Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).


Uropeltis myhendrae

Barred Shieldtail

Gebänderte Schildschwanz

Båndet Skjoldhale

1886 Silybura nilgherriensis var. myhendrae Beddome
Silybura myhendrae Boulenger 1893
Uropeltis myhendrae Smith 1943

Distribution: India (Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu).


Uropeltis nitida

Cochin Shieldtail

Cochin-Schildschwanz

Cochin-skjoldhale

1878 Silybura nitida Beddome
Uropeltis nitidus Smith 1943

Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).


Uropeltis ocellata

Ocellate Shieldtail, (Anaimalai Shieldtail, Nilgiri Shieldtail)

Ocellen-Schildschwanz

Øjeplet-skjoldhale

1863 Silybura ocellata Beddome
Uropeltis ocellatus Smith 1943
1878 Silybura dupeni Beddome (Pyron, Ganesh, Sayyed, Sharma, Wallach & Somaweera 2016)
1878 Silybura ochracea Beddome (Pyron, Ganesh, Sayyed, Sharma, Wallach & Somaweera 2016)

Distribution: India (Gujarat, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu).


Uropeltis petersi

Yellow-spotted Shieldtail, Peters' Shieldtail

Gelbfleckiger Schildschwanz

Gulplettet Skjoldhale

1868 Silybura petersi Beddome
Uropeltis petersi Smith 1943

Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).


Uropeltis phipsonii

Maharashtra Shieldtail, (Phipson's Shieldtail)

Maharashtra-Schildschwanz

Maharashtra-skjoldhale

1888 Silybura phipsonii Mason
Uropeltis phipsonii Smith 1943
Uropeltis myhendrae phipsonii Mahendra 1984

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of rubrolineata (e.g., Gans 1966). Treated as a valid species by Whitaker & Captain (2004) and Pyron, Ganesh, Sayyed, Sharma, Wallach & Somaweera (2016). Not mentioned for Kerala by Palot (2015).
Distribution: India (Goa, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu).


Uropeltis pulneyensis

Palni Shieldtail

Palni-Schildschwanz

Palni-skjoldhale

1863 Plectrurus pulneyensis Beddome
Rhinophis pulneyensis Günther 1864
Silybura pulneyensis Beddome 1878
Uropeltis pulneyensis Smith 1943
1878 Silybura guentheri Beddome (Pyron, Ganesh, Sayyed, Sharma, Wallach & Somaweera 2016)

Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).


Uropeltis rajendrani

Kolli Hills Shieldtail

Kolli-Hills-Schildschwanz

Kolli-Hills-skjoldhale

2020 Uropeltis rajendrani Ganesh & Achyuthan

Distribution: India (Tamil Nadu).





Uropeltis rubrolineata

Red-lined Shieldtail, Red-striped Shieldtail

Rotstreifen-Schildschwanz

Rødstribet Skjoldhale

1875 Silybura rubrolineata Günther
Uropeltis rubrolineatus Smith 1943

Remarks: Previously included phipsoni (e.g., Gans 1966).
Distribution: India (Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu).


Uropeltis rubromaculata

Red-spotted Shieldtail

Rotfleckiger Schildschwanz

Rødplettet Skjoldhale

1867 Silybura rubromaculata Beddome
Uropeltis rubromaculatus Smith 1943

Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).


Uropeltis shorttii

Shevaroy Shieldtail

Shevaroy-Schildschwanz

Shevaroy-skjoldhale

1863 Silybura shorttii Beddome
Silybura nilgherriensis shortii Beddome 1886
Silybura ellioti shortii Boulenger 1893
Uropeltis ceylanicus shortii Murthy 1990
Uropeltis shortii Ganesh, Aengals & Ramanujam 2014

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of ceylanica (e.g., Gans 1966). Revalidated as a separate species by Ganesh, Aengals & Ramanujam (2014), who misspelled the specific epithet 'shortii', as several other authors before them.
Distribution: India (Tamil Nadu).


Uropeltis woodmasoni

Indian Black-bellied Shieldtail

Indische Schwarzbauch-Schildschwanz

Indisk Sortbuget Skjoldhale

1875 Silybura melanogaster Günther [not Mytilia melanogaster Gray 1858]
1876 Silybura wood-masoni Theobald
Uropeltis wood-masoni Smith 1943
1878 Silybura nigra Beddome (Pyron, Ganesh, Sayyed, Sharma, Wallach & Somaweera 2016)
1954 Uropeltis ruhunae Deraniyagala (Pyron, Ganesh, Sayyed, Sharma, Wallach & Somaweera 2016)
Uropeltis ruhanae Gans 1966 [unjustified emendation]

Distribution: Although the taxon ruhunae was described on the basis of a specimen that allegedly came from Galle, Sri Lanka, this is probably a misunderstanding. According to Pyron, Ganesh, Sayyed, Sharma, Wallach & Somaweera (2016), it more likely came from Madurai, India.
Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).