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Reptilia > Squamata > Serpentes > Uropeltoidea > Uropeltidae > Melanophidium

Melanophidium bilineatum Beddome, 1870 – Two-lined Black Shieldtail

Taxonomic Notes:

This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).


Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Identification:
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:

Type Locality: Wayanad (Kerala)
Rare, known to be found in small pockets in Western Ghats of Kerala (Srinivasulu et al., 2013)
The species occurs in wet evergreen forests in Kerala (Srinivasulu et al., 2013). The species is nocturnal and fossorial in habit (Srinivasulu et al., 2013). Nothing is known about population status of the species.

Conservation Status:


This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).

The species is under threat due to tourism related developmental activities and vehicular movements (Srinivasulu et al., 2013).

References:

Reptilia > Squamata > Serpentes > Uropeltoidea > Uropeltidae > Melanophidium


Cite this page along with its URL as:
Jangid, A.K. and A. Kamdar. 2020. Melanophidium bilineatum Beddome, 1870 – Two-lined Black Shieldtail. Khandekar, A., P. Roy, and K. Kunte (eds.). Reptiles of India, v. 1.25. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
http://www.indianreptiles.org/sp/124/Melanophidium-bilineatum
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