Anilios ganei (APLIN, 1998)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Anilios ganei?
|Higher Taxa||Typhlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Rhamphotyphlops ganei APLIN 1998|
Ramphotyphlops ganei — COGGER 2000: 768
Austrotyphlops ganei — WALLACH 2006
Ramphotyphlops ganei — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 412
Ramphotyphlops ganei — MARIN et al. 2013
Anilios ganei — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops ganei — COGGER 2014: 801
Anilios ganei — WALLACH et al. 2014: 38
|Distribution||NW Australia (Pilbara region)|
Type locality: Cathedral Gorge, 30 km west of Newman, Western Australia, 23°17'30"S, 119°28'E.
|Types||Holotype: WAM R124835, Western Australian Museum, an adult female collected on 26 5eptember 1995 by Mr Brian Bush. Heart and liver frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored in -80°C ultrafreeze at the Western Australian Museum.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: An elongate, moderately stout Ramphotyphlops with 24 midbody scale rows, a foreshortened head with snout bluntly rounded in lateral profile and from above, moderately high number of vertebral scales (40-448) and nasal cleft vertically dividing the nasal scale, originating from the second labial scale and terminating at the rostral scale on the dorsal surface of the head [APLIN 1998].|
Color: In life, dorsal surface of head, body and tail an intense grey-brown, becoming paler on flanks; lateral colour ends abruptly, giving way to cream venter along jagged boundary. Number of pigmented scale rows is 14-15 along entire body, remaining rows immaculate. Head extensively pigmented. Undersurface of tail immaculate.
|Etymology||“Named for Mr Lori Gane, formerly of Pannawonica, schoolteacher, amateur herpetologist and collector of the first known specimen of R. ganei in 1991.”|