Ramphotyphlops hatmaliyeb WYNN, REYNOLDS, BUDEN, FALANRUW & LYNCH, 2012
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Ramphotyphlops hatmaliyeb?
|Higher Taxa||Typhlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Ramphotyphlops hatmaliyeb WYNN, REYNOLDS, BUDEN, FALANRUW & LYNCH 2012|
Ramphotyphlops hatmaliyeb — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops hatmaliyeb — WALLACH et al. 2014: 628
|Distribution||Micronesia: Caroline Islands|
Type locality: Giilab (= Gielap, Gielop) Island, Ulithi, Caroline Islands (Federated States of Micronesia)
|Types||Holotype: USNM 558300, collected by Marjorie Falanruw on 04 August 2007.|
Paratypes. USNM 558301–558303, Giilab Island; USNM 558304, Iaar Island; USNM 558305, Bulbul Island; USNM 558306, Piig Island; and USNM 558307–558310, Soong Island; all part of Ulithi, Caroline Islands (Feder- ated States of Micronesia).
|Comment||Diagnosis. Ramphotyhlops hatmaliyeb 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, ovate rostral.|
Habitat: typically on the ground and under debris and rocks; however, USNM 558302 was observed at night crawling upward in a crease in the trunk of a Pisonia tree, about two meters off the ground. Another animal (not collected) was observed about five meters up the trunk of another Pisonia tree (WYNN et al. 2012).
|Etymology||"Hatmaliyeb" is one transliteration of the Ulithian name for this snake (likening it to a large worm from Yap), used here as a noun in apposition.|
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