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Xerotyphlops wilsoni (WALL, 1908)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Iranian Worm Snake 
SynonymTyphlops wilsoni WALL 1908: 796
Typhlops wilsoni — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 124
Typhlops wilsoni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 774
Xerotyphlops wilsoni — HEDGES et al. 2014 
DistributionSW Iran.

Type locality: “Maidan Mihaftan, 30 miles east of Shustar in southwest Iran”  
TypesHolotype: Unlocated. 
DiagnosisOriginal description: “Costals: 2 heads lengths from head 24, midbody 24, 2 heads lengths before anus 22. Rostral: About one-third the breadth of the head, not reaching as far back as the eyes, in contact with the internasal. Nasals: Just fail to meet behind rostral. The nostril is lateral; an upper suture passes towards but fails to meet the rostral, the lower suture passes to the 2nd labial. Prœocular: Touches the 2nd and 3rd labials, and the subocular. Ocular: Separated from labial by a subocular. The eyes are distinct, and their diameter about half the ocular shield. Supraoculars: Just fail to meet. The inter-nasal, frontal, and supraocular shields subequal, and smaller than the occipitals, and parietals which are subequal. Labials: Four. Snout rounded. Length 1 foot 1.5 inches, i.e., 38 times the diameter at mid-body. Tail with a single small spine directed downwards, and slightly backwards. Colour: Uniform dirty brown.” (slighly modified after Wall 1908) 
CommentAbundance: apparently rare; only known from the lost holotype (McDiarmid et al. 1999, Hedges et al. 2014). 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of the type specimens, Lieutenant A.T. Wilson. 
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