Tropidonotus piscator punctatus Wall, 1907

Published, First, 2012, 3473, Zootaxa 3473, pp. 1-60: 22

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scientific name

Tropidonotus piscator punctatus Wall, 1907
status

 

Tropidonotus piscator punctatus Wall, 1907  

[ Tropidonotus piscator   ] var. punctatus Wall, 1907: 861   .—Type locality. Not given. Here restricted to “Tranquebar”, now Tharangambadi, State of Tamil Nadu, India, on the basis of Russell (1802 [in 1801–1809]: 17).—Onomatophores. Syntypes: specimen depicted by Russell (1802 [in 1801–1809 (1810)]: pl. 15, fig. A; Neer Pamboo or Ourdia A; lost) and other specimens not traced   .

Status. Synonymized with Natrix piscator   by Smith (1943: 294). We regard this combination as a subjective junior synonym of Hydrus piscator Schneider, 1799   , now Xenochrophis piscator   , but should populations from the southern tip of Peninsular India deserve a distinct taxonomic status, this name is available as X. punctatus ( Wall, 1907)   .

Comments. Wall (1907) regarded this taxon as a variety of Tropidonotus piscator   and provided a valid description. Wall included several specimens from several localities (not listed) under this name, but referred to pl. 15, fig. A of Russell (1802; “Ourdia A”). According to the plate and morphological characters provided by Wall, we refer this variety to the southern populations of Xenochrophis piscator   , with a rather subdued dorsal pattern and a straight nuchal crossbar.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Reptilia

Order

Squamata

Family

Colubridae

Genus

Tropidonotus

Loc

Tropidonotus piscator punctatus Wall, 1907

Published, First 2012
2012
Loc

var. punctatus

Wall 1907: 861
1907
Loc

Hydrus piscator

Schneider 1799
1799