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Taxonomy of the family Uropeltidae Biodiversity of the family Uropeltidae

Bibliography of the family
Uropeltidae
(Shield-tailed Snakes)

(Reptilia: Serpentes)

Note: In order to limit redundancy, relevant literature indexed in the related bibliographies in the left column may not have been included in this page. For a comprehensive search of literature, these bibliographies should therefore also be consulted.


Beddome, R.H. 1863. Descriptions of new species of family Uropeltidae from southern India, with notes on other little known species. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1863: 225-229.

Beddome, R.H. 1867. Descriptions and figures of five new snakes from the Madras Presidency. Madras Quart. Journ. Med. Sc. 1: 14-16.

Beddome, R.H. 1886. An account of the earth snakes of the Peninsula of India and Ceylon. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 5(17): 3-33.

Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. 1. Typhlopidae, Glauconiidae, Boidae, Ilysiidae, Uropeltidae, Xenopeltidae, Colubridae (aglyphae, part). Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History), London. 448 pp.

Cyriac, V.P.; Kodandaramaiah, U. 2017. Paleoclimate determines diversification patterns in the fossorial snake family Uropeltidae Cuvier, 1829. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 116: 97-107

Gans, C. 1966. Liste der rezenten Amphibien und Reptilien. Uropeltidae. Das Tierreich 84: 1-29.

Gans, C. 1973. Uropeltid snakes - survivors in a changing world. Endeavour 32(116): 60-65.

Gans, C. 1976. Aspects of the biology of uropeltid snakes. Linnean Society Symposium Series 3: 191-204.

Gans, C. 1979. A subterranean snake with a funny tail. Natural History 88(5): 70-75.

Gans, C. 1987. Automimicry and Batesian mimicry in uropeltid snakes: pigment pattern, proportions and behaviour. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 83(Suppl.) (Centenary Issue) [1986]: 152-158.

Gans, C.; Dessauer, H.C.; Baic, D. 1978. Axial differences in the musculature of uropeltid snakes: the freight-train approach to burrowing. Science (Washington, D.C.) 199(4325): 189-192.

Gower, D.J. 2003. Scale microornamentation of uropeltid snakes. Journal of Morphology 258(2): 249-268.

Gower, D.J.; Ablett, J.D. 2006. Counting ventral scales in Asian anilioid snakes. Herpetological Journal 16(3): 259-263.

Gower, D.J.; Vidal, N.; Spinks, J.N.; McCarthy, C.J. 2005. The phylogenetic position of Anomochilidae (Reptilia: Serpentes): first evidence from DNA sequences. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 43(4): 315-320.

Hoser, R.T. 2013. An overdue new taxonomy for the Rhinophiidae (Uropeltidae). Australasian Journal of Herpetology 17: 51-57.

Murthy, T.S.N. 1974. Some earth-snakes (Serpentes: Uropeltidae) from Anaimalais and Palnis, western Ghats, India. Journal Univ. Poona 46: 7-9.

Murthy, T.S.N. 1977. A note on the nomenclature of the uropeltid snakes of India and Sri Lanka. Newsletter of the Zoological Survey of India 3(5): 303-304.

Murthy, T.S.N. 1980. Some ecological observations on the uropeltid snakes of south Indian hills. The Snake 12(1-2): 56-59.

Murthy, T.S.N. 1981. Checklist and key to the uropeltid snakes of India. The Snake 13(2): 142-150.

Murthy, T.S.N. 1982. An illustrated field guide to the rough tailed snakes of India. The Snake 14(2): 119-135.

Murthy, T.S.N. 1986. Unique earth-snakes of India. Indian Forester 112(3): 236-240.

Murthy, T.S.N. 1992. A distributional analysis of the uropeltid snakes of India and Sri Lanka. Records of the Zoological Survey of India 91(3-4): 375-387.

Olori, J.C.; Bell, C.J. 2012. Comparative skull morphology of uropeltid snakes (Alethinophidia: Uropeltidae) with special reference to disarticulated elements and variation. PLoS ONE 7(3): e32450, 1-52.

Pyron, R.A.; Ganesh, S.R.; Sayyed, A.; Sharma, V.; Wallach, V.; Somaweera, R. 2016. A catalogue and systematic overview of the shield-tailed snakes (Serpentes: Uropeltidae). Zoosystema 38(4): 453-506.

Rajendran, M.V. 1977. A survey of uropeltid snakes. Journal of Madurai Kamaraj University Series B Sciences 6(1): 68-73.

Rajendran, M.V. 1985. Studies in uropeltid snakes. Madurai Kamaraj University, India: 1-132.

Rieppel, O.; Zaher, H. 2002. The skull of the Uropeltinae (Reptilia, Serpentes), with special reference to the otico-occipital region. Bulletin of the Natural History Museum Zoology Series 68(2): 123-130.

Welch, K.R.G. 1994. Snakes of the world: a checklist. 2: boas, pythons, shield-tails and worm snakes. R & A Research & Information, Taunton. 89 pp.

Williams, E.E. 1959. The atlas-axis of the Uropeltidae and the relationships of the family. Anatomical Record 132: 518.