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Gerrhopilus wallachi KRAUS, 2023

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Higher TaxaGerrhopilidae, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymGerrhopilus wallachi KRAUS 2023 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Oro Province)

Type locality: Afore, 9.14 S, 148.39 E, 760 m a.s.l., Oro Province, Papua New Guinea.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 140724 (field tag Y-14092), adult female collected by Fred Parker on 24 April 1973. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A Gerrhopilus species characterized by the unique combination of having a rounded snout in lateral view; LSR = 22 at midbody; TSR = 430; loreal absent; supralabial imbrication pattern T-V; subocular scale one; presubocular scale absent; a short, blunt, scale on the tail tip that is light brown and downturned; 9 glands in the prefrontal, 3–5 in the supraocular, 9–11 in the ocular, 33–35 in the preocular, 0 in the frontal, and 3–4 in the subocular; L/W = 42.6; TL/SVL = 0.036; and a dark-brown venter with scattered white scales mid-ventrally on the posterior half of the body. Its size is large for this species group. (Kraus 2023) 
EtymologyA genitive singular honorific for Van Wallach in recognition of his numerous contributions to the systematics of blindsnakes. 
  • Kraus, F. 2023. A revision of Gerrhopilus inornatus (Squamata: Gerrhopilidae) reveals a multi-species complex Zootaxa 5231: 1-23 - get paper here
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