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Gerrhopilus mcdowelli (WALLACH, 1996)

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Higher TaxaGerrhopilidae, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymTyphlops mcdowelli WALLACH 1996
Typhlops mcdowelli — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 110
Gerrhopilus mcdowelli — VIDAL et al. 2010
Gerrhopilus mcdowelli — WALLACH et al. 2014: 309 
DistributionPapua New Guinea

Type locality: Hombron's Bluff (9° 23' S, 147° 20' E), Central Province, Papua New Guinea, ca. 600 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: UPNG 7502 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Typhlops mcdowelli is most closely related to T. depressiceps but distinguished there from by its total middorsal count (431 - 464 vs. 631 - 713), length/width rat io (44 - 53 vs. 61- 81), dorsal rostral shape (oval vs. parallel) and posterior rostral border (angled vs. linear), angle of preoral snout in lateral aspect (inclined at 30° vs. horizontal), vertical position of tip of rostral keel in lateral view (above supra labials vs. below supralabials), gular region (visible in lateral profile vs. invisible), and apical spine (short, needlelike and horizontally oriented vs. long, transversely flatt ened and vertically oriented) (Table 2 in WALLACH 1996). 
EtymologyNamed after Samuel B. Mcdowell, American herpetologist (1928-2014). 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Crumly, Charles R. 2015. Obituary: Samuel Booker McDowell, Jr. (13 Sept 1928 - 31 Dec 2014) The most important herpetologist you never knew. Herpetological Review 46 (3): 489-493 - 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.
  • 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.
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