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Anilios ganei (APLIN, 1998)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymRhamphotyphlops ganei APLIN 1998
Ramphotyphlops ganei — COGGER 2000: 768
Austrotyphlops ganei — WALLACH 2006
Ramphotyphlops ganei — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 412
Ramphotyphlops ganei — MARIN et al. 2013
Anilios ganei — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops ganei — COGGER 2014: 801 
DistributionNW Australia (Pilbara region)

Type locality: Cathedral Gorge, 30 km west of Newman, Western Australia, 23°17'30"S, 119°28'E.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R124835, Western Australian Museum, an adult female collected on 26 5eptember 1995 by Mr Brian Bush. Heart and liver frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored in -80°C ultrafreeze at the Western Australian Museum. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: An elongate, moderately stout Ramphotyphlops with 24 midbody scale rows, a foreshortened head with snout bluntly rounded in lateral profile and from above, moderately high number of vertebral scales (40-448) and nasal cleft vertically dividing the nasal scale, originating from the second labial scale and terminating at the rostral scale on the dorsal surface of the head [APLIN 1998]. 
Etymology“Named for Mr Lori Gane, formerly of Pannawonica, schoolteacher, amateur herpetologist and collector of the first known specimen of K ganei in 1991.” 
  • Aplin, K. P. 1998. Three new blindsnakes (Squamata: Typhlopidae) from northwestern Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 19 (1): 1-12 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Hedges, S.B., Marion, A.B., Lipp, K.M., Marin, J. & Vidal, N. 2014. A taxonomic framework for typhlopid snakes from the Caribbean and other regions (Reptilia, Squamata). Caribbean Herpetology 49: 1–61 - get paper here
  • Marin, J., Donnellan, S.C., Hedges, S.B., Puillandre, N., Aplin, K., Doughty, P., Hutchinson, M.N., Couloux, A. & Vidal, N. 2013. Hidden species diversity of Australian burrowing snakes (Ramphotyphlops). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, doi: 10.1111/bij.12132 - get paper here
  • Wallach, V. 2006. The nomenclatural status of Australian Ramphotyphlops (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc 42 (1): 8-24 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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