Black-bellied Coral Snake Sinomicrurus nigriventer (Wall, 1908) (Elapidae): an extended distribution in the western Himalaya, India

Main Article Content

Sipu Kumar
Jignasu Dolia
Vartika Chaudhary
Amit Kumar
Abhijit Das


The Black-bellied Coral Snake Sinomicrurus nigriventer (Wall, 1908) was recently elevated to specific status from Himachal Pradesh where it was also known historically. We present here two individual observations of S. nigriventer from Uttarakhand State of India that constitute the first state record of the species increasing the distribution range ~105 km towards east in the western Himalaya.

Article Details



Döring M. (2020). Elapidae, English Wikipedia - Species Pages. Wikimedia Foundation. Checklist dataset. Accessed via on 18 November 2020.

Kumar, A., M. Mitra, G. Singh & G.S. Rawat (2012). An inventory of the flora of Binog Wildlife Sanctuary, Mussoorie, Garhwal Himalaya. Indian Journal of Fundamental and Applied Life Sciences 2(1): 281–299.

Maikhuri, R.K. (2018). Biodiversity of Indian West Himalaya. The Himalayan Biodiversity 4:24–28.

Mirza, Z.A., V. Varma & P.D. Campbell (2020). On the systematic status of Calliophis macclellandi nigriventer Wall, 1908 (Reptilia: Serpentes: Elapidae). Zootaxa 4821(1): 105–120.

Mullin S. & Seigel (2009). Snakes: Ecology and Conservation. Cornell University Press, Comstock Publishing Associates, vi+384pp.

Nautiyal, S., K.S. Ranjan & R.S.C. Shibasaki (2005). Interaction of biodiversity and economic welfare- A case study from the Himalayas of India. Journal of Environmental Informatics 6(1): 16–24.

Pandit, M.K., N.S. Sodhi, L.P. Koh, A. Bhaskar & B.W. Brook (2007). Unreported yet massive deforestation driving loss of endemic biodiversity in Indian Himalaya. Biodiversity and Conservation 16(1): 153–163.

Reinhardt, J.T. (1884). Description of a new species of venomous snake, Elaps macclellandi. Journal of Natural History 4: 532–534.

Richardson, J.A. & S.E. Little (2012). Chapter 31: Toxicology, pp. 914–933. In: The Cat. Clinical Medicine and Management. Elsevier Inc., 1398pp.

Smith, M.A. (1943). Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma, including the whole of the Indo-Chinese Sub-region. Reptilia and Amphibia. Vol. 3. Serpentes. Taylor and Francis, London, 583pp.

Smith, E.N., H. Ogale, V. Deepak & V.V.B. Giri (2012). A new species of coralsnake of the genus Calliophis (Squamata: Elapidae) from the west coast of peninsular India. Zootaxa 3437(1): 51–68.

Stephen J.M. & A.S. Richard (2009). Snakes - Ecology and Conservation. Cornell University Press, New York, xviii+381pp.

Uetz, P., P. Freed & J. Hosek (eds). (2020). The Reptile Database. Accessed on 14 December 2020.

Vasudevan, K. & S. Sondhi (2010). Amphibians and reptiles of Uttarakhand, India. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, 94pp.

Wall, F. (1908). A new colour variety of MacClelland’s Coral Snake (Calliophis macclellandi) and extension of the habitat of the species. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 19: 266.

Whitaker, R. & A. Captain (2004). Snakes of India. The Field Guide. Draco Books, Chennai, 481pp.

Most read articles by the same author(s)

1 2 > >>