Ramphotyphlops adocetus WYNN, REYNOLDS, BUDEN, FALANRUW & LYNCH, 2012
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Ramphotyphlops adocetus?
|Higher Taxa||Typhlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Ramphotyphlops adocetus WYNN, REYNOLDS, BUDEN, FALANRUW & LYNCH 2012|
Ramphotyphlops adocetus — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops adocetus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 625
|Distribution||Micronesia: Caroline Islands|
Type locality: Pasa Island, Ant Atoll, Caroline Islands, Federated States of Micronesia
|Types||Holotype: USNM 529971, an adult male, collected by Otto Sirom on 15 July 1999.|
Paratypes. USNM 558284–558299, Pasa Island, Ant Atoll, Caroline Islands (Federated States of Micronesia), collected by Brian Lynch and Donald W. Buden on 30 August 2008.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Ramphotyhlops adocetus can be distinguished from other Indoaustralian and Philippine typhlopids by the combination of 22 scale rows over the length of the body; the wedge-shaped snout, without a keratinized keel; and its broad, pyriform rostral.|
|Etymology||The specific name adocetus is derived from the Greek adoketos meaning “unexpected or surprising,” in reference to the unexpected discovery of this species on a remote Pacific atoll.|