Gerrhopilus tindalli (SMITH, 1943)
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|Higher Taxa||Gerrhopilidae, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Nilgiri Hills Worm Snake|
|Synonym||Typhlops tindalli SMITH 1943: 53|
Typhlops tindalli — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 122
Gerrhopilus tindalli — VIDAL et al. 2010
Gerrhopilus tindalli — WALLACH et al. 2014: 309
|Distribution||India (Malabar, Kerala).|
Type locality: Nilambur, Malabar District, India.
|Types||Syntypes: BMNH 19184.108.40.206-93 (formerly BMNH 18220.127.116.11-2) and BMNH 1918.104.22.168 (formerly BMNH 1822.214.171.124).|
|Diagnosis||Original description: “Snout rounded, strongly projecting; nostrils lateral. Rostral broad, 3/5 the width of the head, scarcely reaching half-way to the level of the ocular shield; nasal incompletely divided, the lower suture passing to the preocular, that shield being in good contact with the anterior nasal: posterior very large, in good contact with its fellow behind the rostral; no visible eye; ocular shield much smalIer than the preocular, touching the 3rd and 4th labials, not wedged in between them; supraocular twice as broad as long; prefrontal and frontal larger than the scales on the body. Tail rounded, no trace of a spine; 18 scales round the body; the diameter of which is contained 50 times in the total length; about 300 transverse rows of scales” (Smith 1943: 54).|
Coloration: Uniform isabelline yellow (Smith 1943: 54).
|Comment||Smith (1943:54) stated that Boulenger’s account of T. thurstonii was based on a translation of Boettger’s (1890:297) description but that the two specimens from “Nellambur” that Boulenger examined actually were of T. tindalli.|
|Etymology||Named after Roger Tindall.|
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