Afrotyphlops nanus BROADLEY & WALLACH, 2009
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Afrotyphlops nanus?
|Higher Taxa||Typhlopidae (Afrotyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Kenyan dwarf blind-snake|
|Synonym||Afrotyphlops nanus BROADLEY & WALLACH 2009|
Afrotyphlops nanus — HEDGES et al. 2014
Afrotyphlops nanus — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 349
Afrotyphlops nanus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 16
Type locality: Samburu, Coast Province, southeastern Kenya (39°17’E, 3°47’S, elevation 295 m).
|Reproduction||oviparous (manual imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022)|
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 1822.214.171.124, an adult male. Collected by C. Stuart Betton during construction of the Uganda Railway about 1896.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Superficially resembling Afrotyphlops angolensis, this small species differs externally in its oval rostral with pointed apex (round or sagittate with rounded or truncated apex in A. angolensis), low number of middorsals (287–291 vs 350–535 in East African A. angolensis) and light venter.|
|Comment||Abundance: rare; known only from the holotype.|
Description in BROADLEY & WALLACH 2009.
Distribution: note that the coordinates of the type locality are given erroneously as 39°17’E, 3°47’E, a locality that is somewhere in the south Atlantic.
|Etymology||Named after the trivial name nanus (Latin = dwarf), indicating that this may be the smallest species in the genus.|