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Anilios ganei (APLIN, 1998)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymRhamphotyphlops 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
Anilios ganei — TIATRAGUL et la. 2023 
DistributionNW Australia (Pilbara region)

Type locality: Cathedral Gorge, 30 km west of Newman, Western Australia, 23°17'30"S, 119°28'E.  
TypesHolotype: 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. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: 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.” 
  • Aplin, K. P. 1998. Three new blindsnakes (Squamata: Typhlopidae) from northwestern Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 19 (1): 1-12 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Hedges, S.B., Marion, A.B., Lipp, K.M., Marin, J. & Vidal, N. 2014. A taxonomic framework for typhlopid snakes from the Caribbean and other regions (Reptilia, Squamata). Caribbean Herpetology 49: 1–61 - get paper here
  • Marin, J., Donnellan, S.C., Hedges, S.B., Puillandre, N., Aplin, K., Doughty, P., Hutchinson, M.N., Couloux, A. & Vidal, N. 2013. Hidden species diversity of Australian burrowing snakes (Ramphotyphlops). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, doi: 10.1111/bij.12132 - get paper here
  • Tiatragul, S., Skeels, A., & Keogh, J. S. 2023. Paleoenvironmental models for Australia and the impact of aridification on blindsnake diversification. Journal of Biogeography - get paper here
  • Wallach, V. 2006. The nomenclatural status of Australian Ramphotyphlops (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 42 (1): 8-24 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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