Gerrhopilus wallachi KRAUS, 2023
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Gerrhopilus wallachi?
|Higher Taxa||Gerrhopilidae, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Gerrhopilus wallachi KRAUS 2023|
|Distribution||Papua New Guinea (Oro Province)|
Type locality: Afore, 9.14 S, 148.39 E, 760 m a.s.l., Oro Province, Papua New Guinea.
|Types||Holotype: MCZ 140724 (field tag Y-14092), adult female collected by Fred Parker on 24 April 1973.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: 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)|
|Etymology||A genitive singular honorific for Van Wallach in recognition of his numerous contributions to the systematics of blindsnakes.|
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