Platyceps ventromaculatus

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Platyceps ventromaculatus


Taxonavigation: Colubroidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Cladus: Unidentata, Episquamata
Cladus: Toxicofera
Subordo: Serpentes
Infraordo: Caenophidia
Superfamilia: Colubroidea

Familia: Colubridae
Subfamilia: Colubrinae
Genus: Platyceps
Species: Platyceps ventromaculatus
Subspecies: P. v. bengalensis – P. v. indusai – P. v. ventromaculatus


Platyceps ventromaculatus (Gray, 1834)

Type locality: Upper and lower Indus Valley.


  • Coluber ventromaculatus Gray, 1834: 80
  • Zamenis ventrimaculatusGünther, 1859: 223
  • Zamenis ventrimaculatusBoulenger, 1887: 408
  • Zamenis ventrimaculatusBoulenger, 1893: 399
  • Zamenis ventrimaculatus Boulenger, 1920
  • Coluber ventrimaculatus Corkill, 1932
  • Coluber ventromaculatusHaas, 1957: 79
  • Coluber ventromaculatusSchätti & Wilson, 1986
  • Coluber ventromaculatusDas, 1996: 55
  • Platyceps ventromaculatusSchätti & Monsch, 2004
  • Argyrogena ventromaculatusSharma, 2004
  • Platyceps ventromaculatusNagy et al., 2004


  • Gray. J.E. 1835: Illustrations of Indian Zoology, chiefly selected from the collection of Major - General Hardwicke. Vol. 2. London (1833-1834): 263 pp., 95 plates.
  • Schätti B. & Monsch, P. 2004: Systematics and phylogenetic relationships of Whip snakes (Hierophis Fitzinger) and Zamenis andreana Werner 1917 (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubrinae). Rev. Suisse Zool. 111 (2): 239–256.
  • Nagy, Z.T.; R. Lawson, U. Joger, M. Wink 2004: Molecular systematics of racers, whipsnakes and relatives (Reptilia: Colubridae) using mitochondrial and nuclear markers. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 42 (3): 223–233.
  • Platyceps ventromaculatus at the New Reptile Database. Accessed on 6 nov 2008.

Vernacular names[edit]

English: Hardwicke's Rat Snake