||Hebius monticola (Jerdon, 1853)
||Hill Keelback, Montane Keelback, Wynad Keelback
Amphiesma monticola (Jerdon, 1853)
Natrix monticola (Jerdon, 1853)
Rhabdophis monticola (Jerdon, 1853)
Tropidonotus monticola (Jerdon, 1853)
Tropidonotus monticolus Jerdon, 1853
||Guo, P., Zhu, F., Liu, Q., Zhang, L., Li, J.X., Huang, Y.Y. and Pyron, R.A. 2014. A taxonomic revision of the Asian keelback snakes, genus Amphiesma (Serpentes: Colubridae: Natricinae), with description of a new species. Zootaxa 3873(4): 425–440.
||Hebius monticola was first described by Jerdon in 1853 as Tropidonotus monticolus based on specimens collected from Wayanad Hills, Western Ghats (Smith 1943). The type of this species is lost.
A phylogenetic analysis of the Amphiesma group has shown them to consist of three distinct, monophyletic lineages with strong support. Amphiesma is monotypic and all the remaining species are moved to Herpetoreasor Hebius. This species has been provisionally placed under Hebius (Guo et al. 2014).
This is an amended assessment to account for the taxonomic change.
|Red List Category & Criteria:
||Srinivasulu, C., Srinivasulu, B. & Shankar, G.
||Shankar, G., Thakur, S., Deepak, V., Bowles, P. & Molur, S.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution (with an extent of occurrence of approximately 64,000 km2), and because although this species appears intolerant of habitat disturbance threats presently appear to be localized.
|Previously published Red List assessments:|
- 2013 – Least Concern (LC)
|Range Description:||Hebius monticola is endemic to the Western Ghats of India, and is known from south of Talewadi, Belgaum District, Karnataka to Agasthyamalai Hills, Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu (Smith 1943, Whitaker and Captain 2004). It has been recorded from 500 to 1,300 m asl.|
India (Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu)
|♦ Continuing decline in area of occupancy (AOO):||Unknown|
|♦ Extreme fluctuations in area of occupancy (AOO):||Unknown||♦ Estimated extent of occurrence (EOO) - km2:||64000|
|♦ Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO):||Unknown||♦ Extreme fluctuations in extent of occurrence (EOO):||Unknown|
|♦ Continuing decline in number of locations:||Unknown|
|♦ Lower elevation limit (metres):||500|
|♦ Upper elevation limit (metres):||1300|
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