Entomology, Ornithology & Herpetology: Current Research

Entomology, Ornithology & Herpetology: Current Research
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Rediscovery of Graceful Racer Platyceps gracilis Gunther 1862 (Reptilia:Squamata: Colubridae) After Ninety Years in Central India

Khan Ashaharraza

Platyceps gracilis occurs in dry and arid parts of western India from Maharashtra to Rajasthan and western parts of Madhya Pradesh. In this paper, I report range extension of Platyceps gracilis based on temporarily collected specimen from Melghat Tiger Reserve. Ninety years since the last record, there is been no further report of this species from Central India. I recently sighted two additional specimens of this poorly known species from Vidharbha region of Maharashtra state, India.