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Indotyphlops madgemintonae (KHAN, 1999)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesIndotyphlops madgemintonae madgemintonae (KHAN 1999)
Indotyphlops madgemintonae shermani (KHAN 1999) 
Common Names 
SynonymTyphlops madgemintonai KHAN 1999
Typhlops madgemintonae — WALLACH 2000 (emendation)
Indotyphlops madgemintonae — HEDGES et al. 2014

Indotyphlops madgemintonae shermanai KHAN 1999
Typhlops shermanai KHAN 1999
Typhlops madgemintonai shermani — KHAN 1999
Typhlops m. shermani — WALLACH 2000 
DistributionPakistan (Kashmir)

Type locality: 1 near house of Master M. Sadiq, Goi Madan, District Kotli, Azad Kashmir, 33°30'N 74°00'E, elevation 1315 m., Pakistan.

shermanai: Pakistan; Type locality: Nadari village, 2km E of Goi Madan, District Kotli, Azad Kashmir, 33°30'N 74°00'E, elevation 1315 m. [Typhlops madgemintonai shermanai].  
TypesHolotype: AMNH 144213 (originally MSK 0904.93)
Holotype. MSK 0357.95, adult [shermani] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. The new species differs from its apparent closest congener T. porrectus Stoliczka (1871) (characters in parenthesis), in having completely divided nasal scale (undivided); fewer middorsals 336 – 364 (414 – 465), presence of a tail spine (cone); dorsal body color dark brown (yellowish brown), ventrum light brown (yellowish); the subcaudal colorless area extends dorsally to include base of the spine (colorless area confined to subcaudals only), micro-ornamentation of body scales of micropits (microstriations).

Diagnosis (shermani). Typhlops madgemintonai shermanai is morphology similar to T. madgemintonai, except that the supranasal suture is 50% complete; naris round; a subnarial pit in the inferior nasal suture; preocular and ocular scales subequal; the row of squamous glands, along slightly curved preocular-nasal suture, are thickened. 
CommentClassified as “incertae sedis” by Wallach 2000. 
EtymologyNamed after Mrs. Madge Minton. Typhlops madgemintonai shermanai was named after Sherman A. Minton. The correct grammatical forms are “madgemintonae” and “shermani”. 
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  • Hedges, S.B., Marion, A.B., Lipp, K.M., Marin, J. & Vidal, N. 2014. A taxonomic framework for typhlopid snakes from the Caribbean and other regions (Reptilia, Squamata). Caribbean Herpetology 49: 1–61 - get paper here
  • Khan, M. S. 1999. Typhlops ductuliformes a new species of Blind Snakes from Pakistan and a note on T. porrectus STOLICZKA, 1871 (Squamata: Serpentes: Scolecophidia). Pakistan J. Zool. 31 (4): 385-390. - get paper here
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  • Wallach, V. 2000. Critical review of some recent descriptions of Pakistani Typhlops by M. S. KHAN, 1999 (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Hamadryad 25 (2): 129-143
  • Wallach, V. & Pauwels, OS.G. 2004. Typhlops lazelli, a new species of Chinese blindsnake from Hong Kong (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Breviora (512): 1-21 - get paper here
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