Afrotyphlops nanus BROADLEY & WALLACH, 2009
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|Higher Taxa||Typhlopidae (Afrotyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||Kenyan dwarf blind-snake|
|Synonym||Afrotyphlops nanus BROADLEY & WALLACH 2009|
Afrotyphlops nanus — HEDGES et al. 2014
Type locality: Samburu, Coast Province, southeastern Kenya (39°17’E, 3°47’S, elevation 295 m). Map legend:
- Type locality.
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
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|Types||Holotype: BMNH 18220.127.116.11, an adult male. Collected by C. Stuart Betton during construction of the Uganda Railway about 1896.|
|Comment||Abundance: rare; known only from the holotype.|
Diagnosis. Superficially resembling Afrotyphlops angolensis, this small species differs externally in its oval rostral with pointed apex (round or sagittate with rounded or truncated apex in A. angolensis), low number of middorsals (287–291 vs 350–535 in East African A. angolensis) and light venter.
Description in BROADLEY & WALLACH 2009.
Distribution: note that the coordinates of the type locality are given erroneously as 39°17’E, 3°47’E, a locality that is somewhere in the south Atlantic.
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