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Argyrophis klemmeri (TAYLOR, 1962)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Klemmer’s Blind Snake, Kuala Lumpur Worm Snake
G: Klemmers Blindschlange 
SynonymTyphlops klemmeri TAYLOR 1962: 253
Typhlops klemmeri — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 106
Asiatyphlops klemmeri — HEDGES et al. 2014
Argyrophis klemmeri — PYRON & WALLACH 2014
Typhlops klemmeri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 764 
DistributionW Malaysia.

Type locality: “Koh Phai, near KualaLumpur, Malaya”  
TypesHolotype: FMNH 178238 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: “A rather thick-bodied species, width contained in length about 28 times; nasal partially divided beyond nostril, nasal suture arising from second labial; width of rostral above, two fifths width of head between eyes; nasals narrowly separated behind rostral; interparietal not or scarcely differentiated; a preocular but no subocular; 23 scalerows around body; about 292 transverse scalerows from rostral to caudal spine; no gland or pit under imbricating portion of nasal.” (Taylor 1962: 253)

Description of type: “Rostral reaching back to anterior level of eyes, two fifths as wide above as width of head between eyes; prefrontal small touching rostral and narrowly separating nasals; frontal distinctly wider than prefrontal, a little larger than supraoculars; interparietal not differentiated from body scales; a pair of parietals as wide as frontal but scarcely as large; supraocular suture with ocular above not crossing eye; suture between preocular and ocular crossing eye; nasal suture arising from second supralabial passes slightly beyond nostril, not dividing scale completely; two postoculars between fourth supralabial and parietal; 23 scalerows around body from neck to vent; transverse scalerows 291 or 292 (count on two sides); anal scales not or scarcely differentiated; tail ending in a strong spine directed downward. Width of body in total length about 28 times.” (Taylor 1962: 253) 
EtymologyNamed after Konrad Klemmer (1930-2023), German herpetologist. See Mebs & Köhler 2023 for biographical notes. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Mebs, D. & Köhler, G. 2023. Dr. Konrad Klemmer (1930–2023) Elaphe 2023 (4): 95
  • Pyron, R.A. & Wallach, V. 2014. Systematics of the blindsnakes (Serpentes: Scolecophidia: Typhlopoidea) based on molecular and morphological evidence. Zootaxa 3829 (1): 001–081 - get paper here
  • Taylor, E.H. 1962. New oriental reptiles. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 43: 209-263 - get paper here
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