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Gerrhopilus inornatus (BOULENGER, 1888)

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Higher TaxaGerrhopilidae, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Montane blindsnake 
SynonymTyphlops inornatus BOULENGER 1888
Typhlops inornatus — BOULENGER 1893: 54
Typhlops inornatus — DE ROOIJ 1917: 14
Typhlops inornatus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 105
Gerrhopilus inornatus — VIDAL et al. 2010
Gerrhopilus inornatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 308 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Central District, Northern District, Morobe District).

Type locality: “Sogere, 1750 ft., Central District, Papua New Guinea”  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.11.80. 
DiagnosisDescription: Snout rounded, depressed, projecting; nostril lateral. Rostral nearly half the width of the head, not extending to the level of the eyes; nostril between two nasals, the anterior in contact with the first and second labials; praeocular present, larger than the ocular, in contact with the second and third labials; a single subocular; eyes distinct; head-scales a little enlarged; four upper labials, third largest. Body with 20 scales round the middle; its diameter 43 times in the total length; tail a little more long than broad, ending in a spine (De Rooij 1917).

Color: Black above; a little lighter below; mouth bordered with yellow; anal region or end of tail yellow (De Rooij 1917).

Total length: 170 mm (De Rooij 1917). 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1888. Descriptions of new reptiles and batrachians obtained by Mr. H.O. Forbes in New Guinea. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 1 (5): 343-346 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • de Rooij, N. DE 1917. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Il. Ophidia. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 334 S. - get paper here
  • Kraus, F. 2023. A revision of Gerrhopilus inornatus (Squamata: Gerrhopilidae) reveals a multi-species complex Zootaxa 5231: 1-23 - get paper here
  • Kraus, Fred 2005. New species of blindsnake from Rossel Island, Papua New Guinea. Journal of Herpetology 39 (4): 591-59 - get paper here
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • O'Shea,M. 1996. A Guide to the Snakes of Papua New Guinea. Independent Publishing, Port Moresby, xii + 239 pp. - get paper here
  • Vidal, Nicolas; Julie Marin, Marina Morini, Steve Donnellan, William R. Branch, Richard Thomas, Miguel Vences, Addison Wynn, Corinne Cruaud and S. Blair Hedges 2010. Blindsnake evolutionary tree reveals long history on Gondwana. Biology Letters 6: 558–561 - 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
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Werner, F. 1899. Ueber Reptilien und Batrachier aus Togoland, Kamerun und Deutsch-Neu-Guinea grösstentheils aus dem k. Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. Verhandlungen der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 49: 132-157 - get paper here
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