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

Familia: Elapidae
Subfamilia: Elapinae
Genus: Calliophis
Species: Calliophis melanurus

Calliophis melanurus (Shaw, 1802)

Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2022. Calliophis melanurus. The Reptile Database. Accessed on 9 February 2020.

Vernacular names
English: Indian Coral Snake

Calliophis melanurus,[4] commonly known as the slender coral snake, is a species of venomous elapid snake[1] endemic to the Indian subcontinent.[3] Two subspecies are recognized,[1] including the nominotypical subspecies.

Geographic range

It is found in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.[3]

The subspecies Calliophis melanurus sinhaleyus is found in Sri Lanka.[3]

"Calliophis melanurus ". ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System).
Boulenger GA (1896). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. III., Containing the ... Viperidæ. London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiv + 727 pp. + Plates I.- XXV. (Callophis [sic] trimaculatus, p. 397).
"Calliophis melanurus ". The Reptile Database.

Further reading

Boulenger, George A. (1890). The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. London: Secretary of State for India in Council. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xviii + 541 pp. ("Callophis [sic] trimaculatus", p. 384).
Deraniyagala, P.E.P. (1951). "Some New Races of the Snakes Eryx, Callophis [sic] and Echis ". Spolia Zeylanica 26:(2) 147-150. ("Callophis [sic] melanurus sinhaleyus ssp. nov.", p. 148).
Slowinski, Joseph B.; Boundy, Jeff; and Lawson, R. (2001). "The phylogenetic relationships of Asian coral snakes (Elapidae: Calliophis and Maticora) based on morphological and molecular characters". Herpetologica 57 (2): 233-245.
Smith MA (1943). The Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma, Including the Whole of the Indo-Chinese Sub-region. Reptilia and Amphibia. Vol. III.—Serpentes. London: Secretary of State for India. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 583 pp. (Callophis [sic] melanurus, p. 420).
Wall F (1921). Ophidia Taprobanica or the Snakes of Ceylon. Colombo, Ceylon [Sri Lanka]: Colombo Museum. (H.R. Cottle, Government Printer). xxii + 581 pp. (Callophis [sic] trimaculatus, pp. 497–501, Figure 90).


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