Oligodon melaneus Wall, 1909



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: July 1908 (Das et al., 2022)

Rediscovered on 25 May 2021 (between 20:30-21:00 hrs) (Das et al., 2022)



Assam, India


Biology & Ecology




Lectotype: BMNH 1910.12.31.3

Paralectotype: BNHS 958


Other specimens:

WII-ADR980 (rediscovery specimen)






Original scientific description:

Wall, F. (1909). Notes on snakes from the neighbourhood of Darjeeling. The Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 19: 337-357.


Other references:

Das, Abhijit et al. (2022). Rediscovery and systematics of the rarely encountered Blue-bellied kukri snake (Oligodon melaneus Wall, 1909) from Assam, India. Zootaxa 5138(4): 417-430.

Wall, F. (1924). A handlist of the snakes of the Indian empire. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society 29(3-4): 598-632.


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