On the Distribution of Elachistodon westermanni Reinhardt, 1863 (Serpentes, Colubridae)

Vivek Sharma


The distribution of Elachistodon westermanni, Indian Egg Eater is expanded by adding of two more localities in currently known distribution. Occurrence in Punjab extends its northernmost point with first record for the state.


Madhya Pradesh; Punjab; Shivpuri; Hoshiarpur; central India; northernmost point

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30906/1026-2296-2014-21-3-161-165


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