Indotyphlops ahsanai (KHAN, 1999)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Indotyphlops ahsanai?
|Higher Taxa||Typhlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Typhlops ahsanai KHAN 1999: 238|
Typhlops ahsanuli inc. sed. — WALLACH 2000 (nomen emend.)
Indotyphlops ahsanai — HEDGES et al. 2014
Type locality: W of Charnali village, about 2 km W of Goi Madan, District Kotli, Azad Kashmir, 33°30'N 74°00'E, elevation 1320 m.
|Types||Holotype: MSK 0903.93, an adult, July 17, 1993, collector Muhammad Sharif Khan.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Typhlops ahsanai belongs to madgemintonai Group, differing in having 75% complete supranasal suture; anterior nasal scale over- laps the first supralabial and anterior ventral part of the posterior nasal scale; the posterior nasal scale is deeply scalloped behind so that the preocular scale extends deep in the postnasal concavity so formed; preocular scale is larger than ocular; the preocular- nasal suture is studded with thick squamous glands; preocular scale is in contact with only third supra- labial; posterior nasal scale is in contact with second and third supralabial.|
|Comment||Classified as “incertae sedis” (of questionable status) by Wallach 2000.|
|Etymology||Named after Professor Dr. Ahsanul-Islam (1927-1974), Principal of the Zoology Department, Government College, Lahore, Pakistan and former teacher of the describer of this species.|