A new species of Rhinophis Hemprich, 1820 (Serpentes: Uropeltidae) from the central hills of Sri Lanka.

@article{Wickramasinghe2017ANS,
  title={A new species of Rhinophis Hemprich, 1820 (Serpentes: Uropeltidae) from the central hills of Sri Lanka.},
  author={L. J. Mendis Wickramasinghe and Dulan Ranga Vidanapathirana and Meora Rajeev and David J. Gower},
  journal={Zootaxa},
  year={2017},
  volume={4263 1},
  pages={
          153-164
        }
}
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