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Gerrhopilus eurydice KRAUS, 2017

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Higher TaxaGerrhopilidae, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymGerrhopilus eurydice KRAUS 2017
Typhlops depressiceps — WALLACH 1996: 110 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Milne Bay Province)

Type locality: Trobriand Islands, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 145954, Adult female (field number MCZ FS-F14319), collected by F. Parker. Paratype. AMNH 115054, immature, collected by F. Parker in Trobriand Islands, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea, 1971. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: This species belongs to Gerrhopilus based on the presence of head glands in the centers of the anterior head shields in addition to their anterior margins (McDowell 1974; Wallach 1996b). A large, robust (adult L/M = 44) species of Gerrhopilus having the unique combination of a rostrate snout with a transverse keel on the ventral margin of the rostral that extends to the level of the rictus, angle of pre-oral snout in lateral aspect horizontal to the body axis, a distinct pupil in the eye, anterior 30–50% of eye covered by preocular in lateral view, longitudinal scale rows 24/22/22 or 24/22/20, transverse scale rows posterior to the rostral 601–647, supralabial imbrication pattern T-V, subocular scale one, presubocular scale absent, prefrontals and supraoculars larger than frontal and parietals and interparietal, flat or convex posterior margin of the rostral, subcaudal scales 23–25, L/W ratio 55–58, and tail spine oriented ventrally at an angle of 90 ̊ to axis of anteroventral surface of that terminal scale (and, hence, to body axis). Refer to Table 1 for additional diagnostic qualitative and quantitative features. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is the name of the oak nymph who became the wife of Orpheus, died from a viper bite, and whom Orpheus unsuccessfully attempted to retrieve from the underworld. It is a proper noun in apposition. 
  • Kraus, Fred 2017. New Species of Blindsnakes (Squamata: Gerrhopilidae) from the offshore islands of Papua New Guinea. Zootaxa 4299 (1): 075–094 - get paper here
  • Wallach, V. 1996. Two new Blind snakes of the Typhlops ater species group from Papua new Guinea (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Russ. J. Herpetol. 3 (2):107-118. - get paper here
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