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








Genus
Teretrurus

Red Shieldtails

Rote Schildschwänze

Røde Skjoldhaler

1886 Teretrurus Beddome (type species: Plectrurus sanguineus Beddome 1867)
1921 Brachyophidium Wall (type species: Brachyophidium rhodogaster Wall 1921; syn. Cyriac & Kodandaramaiah 2017; Ganesh & Murthy 2022)
Contents: 4 species, of which all are endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Remarks: Included in Platyplectrurus by some authors (e.g., Mahendra 1984).
Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).

Teretrurus hewstoni

Manantoddy Red Shieldtail

Rote Manantoddy-Schildschwanz

Rød Manantoddy-skjoldhale

1876 Platyplectrurus hewstoni Beddome
Teretrurus sanguineus hewstonii Beddome 1886
Teretrurus hewstonii Ganesh & Murthy 2022

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of sanguineus (e.g., Pyron, Ganesh, Sayyed, Sharma, Wallach & Somaweera 2016). Revalidated as a separate species by Ganesh & Murthy (2022).
Distribution: India (Kerala).





Teretrurus rhodogaster

Red-bellied Shieldtail, (Wall's Shieldtail)

Rotbauch-Schildschwänze

Rødbuget Skjoldhale

1921 Brachyophidium rhodogaster Wall
Teretrurus rhodogaster Smith 1943

Remarks: Previously placed in a monotypic genus, Brachyophidium. Assigned to Teretrurus herein, following Cyriac & Kodandaramaiah (2017) and Ganesh & Murthy (2022).
Distribution: India (Tamil Nadu).


Teretrurus sanguineus

Red Shieldtail, Western Shieldtail

Rote Schildschwanz

Rød Skjoldhale

1867 Plectrurus sanguineus Beddome
Platyplectrurus sanguineus Beddome 1878
Teretrurus sanguineus Beddome 1886
1876 Plectrurus scabricauda Theobald (Pyron, Ganesh, Sayyed, Sharma, Wallach & Somaweera 2016)

Remarks: Previously included hewstonii and travancoricus.
Distribution: India (Kerala).


Teretrurus travancoricus

Travancore Red Shieldtail, Travancore Earth Snake

Rote Travancore-Schildschwanz

Rød Travancore-skjoldhale

1886 Teretrurus travancoricus Beddome

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of sanguineus (e.g., Pyron, Ganesh, Sayyed, Sharma, Wallach & Somaweera 2016). Revalidated as a separate species by Ganesh & Murthy (2022).
Distribution: India (Tamil Nadu).