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Indotyphlops meszoelyi (WALLACH, 1999)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Darjeeling worm snake 
SynonymTyphlops meszoelyi WALLACH 1999
Typhlops meszoelyi — DAS 2003
Indotyphlops meszoelyi — HEDGES et al. 2014
Typhlops meszoelyi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 766 
DistributionIndia (Darjeeling)

Type locality: Darjeeling, 27° 02' N, 88° 16' E, 2285 m, West Bengal Province, India  
TypesHolotype: FMNH 191889; Collected by: B. B. Sinha; Collection Date: October 5, 1971. Paratype: (n=1) FMNH 191888, an adult male collected by B. B. Sinha (field no. BBS 17) with same data as holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Typhlops meszoelyi can be distinguished from all southern Asian Typhlops except T. exiguus and T. loveridgei by the combination of 18 longitudinal scale rows plus a T-III supralabial imbrication pattern. The presence of a deep concavity along the posterior border of the nasal shield separates T. meszoelyi from all southern Asian Typhlops. (Wallach 1999) 
EtymologyNamed after Charles A.M. Meszoely of the Center for Vertebrate Studies at northeastern University 
  • Aengals, R.; V.M. Sathish Kumar & Muhamed Jafer Palot 2013. Updated Checklist of Indian Reptiles. Privately published, 24 pp.
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Das, Indraneil 2003. Growth of Knowledge on the Reptiles of India, with an Introduction to Systematics, Taxonomy and Nomenclature. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 100 (2-3): 446-502 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Wallach, Van 1999. Typhlops meszoelyi, A new species of blind snake from northeastern India (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Herpetologica 55 (2): 185-191 - get paper here
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