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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis: Sarcopterygii
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Serpentes
Superfamilia: Booidea

Familia: Uropeltidae
Genus: Platyplectrurus
Species: P. madurensis - P. trilineatus


Platyplectrurus Günther, 1868
Vernacular names
English: Thorntail Snakes

Platyplectrurus is a genus of nonvenomous shield tail snakes endemic to the Western Ghats of India. Currently, 2 species are recognized.[3]

Geographic range

Found in the Western Ghats of South India.[1] Found in high elevation (> 1200 m asl) montane Shola forests, under rocks, fallen logs and in piles of debris.
Species[3] Taxon author[3] Subsp.*[3] Common name[4] Geographic range[1]
Platyplectrurus madurensis Beddome, 1877 1 Travancore Hills thorntail snake South India (Western Ghats in the Palnai and Travancore Hills).
Platyplectrurus trilineatusT (Beddome, 1867) 0 lined thorntail snake South India in the Western Ghats: Anaimalai, in (Kerala).

*) Not including the nominate subspecies.
T) Type species.[1]

McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. 1. Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
"Platyplectrurus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 1 September 2007.
The Reptile Database. www,reptile-database.org


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