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Gerrhopilus oligolepis (WALL, 1909)

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Higher TaxaGerrhopilidae, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Few-scaled Worm Snake 
SynonymTyphlops oligolepis WALL 1909: 339
Typhlops oligolepis — SMITH 1943: 55
Typhlops oligolepis — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 112
Gerrhopilus oligolepis — VIDAL et al. 2010
Gerrhopilus oligolepis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 309 
DistributionN India (West Bengal)

Type locality: “Nagri Valley, Darjeeling District, 5000 ft., India”  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.1.11.85 (and possibly additional specimens). 
DiagnosisDescription: closely allied to beddomei, differing as follows: Rostral smaller, the portion visible above only extending to about halfway between the tip of the snout and the level of the eyes; eyes less distinct: tail without point; 16 scales round the body, the diameter of which is contained 50 to 60 times in the total length (Smith 1943: 55).

Coloration: Brown above, paler below (Smith 1943: 55). 
CommentDistribution: Probably in E Nepal fide Schleich & Kästle (2002: 1004). 
  • Kästle , W., Rai, K. & Schleich, H.H. 2013. FIELD GUIDE to Amphibians and Reptiles of Nepal. ARCO-Nepal e.V., 625 pp. - 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.
  • Sharma, R. C. 2004. Handbook Indian Snakes. AKHIL BOOKS, New Delhi, 292 pp.
  • Smith, M.A. 1943. The Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma, Including the Whole of the Indo-Chinese Sub-Region. Reptilia and Amphibia. 3 (Serpentes). Taylor and Francis, London. 583 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
  • Wall,F. 1909. Notes on snakes from the neighbourhood of Darjeeling. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 19: 337-357 - 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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