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Published: 2022-05-19
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Rediscovery and systematics of the rarely encountered Blue-bellied kukri snake (Oligodon melaneus Wall, 1909) from Assam, India

Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun 248001, Uttarakhand, India.
Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD, UK
SMS Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Royal Enclave, Srirampura, Bangalore, Karnataka – 560064, India.
Bombay Natural History Society, Hornbill House, Dr Salim Ali Chowk, Mumbai, 400001, India.
Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun 248001, Uttarakhand, India.
Gyati gaon, Barengabari, Baksa, Assam- 781315.
Gyati gaon, Barengabari, Baksa, Assam- 781315.
A-88, Yogeshwar Park Society, Tarsali-Makarpura Road, Makarpura, Vadodara- 390010, Gujarat.
Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD, UK. Senckenberg Dresden, Königsbrücker Landstraße 159, 01109 Dresden, Germany.
Reptilia Colubridae Northeast India phylogeny rediscovery Reptilia Serpentes systematics taxonomy


We report the rediscovery of Oligodon melaneus 112 years after its original description and document the third, and only non-type, specimen for the species. The new specimen was found 267 km east of the type locality (Tindharia, West Bengal state) from Assam state, India. We designate a lectotype for the species, and provide an extended description of a freshly collected male specimen. Phylogenetic analyses of 16s and cytb mitochondrial genes provide support for O. melaneus being closely related to the widespread South Asian endemic O. arnensis.



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