Gerrhopilus hedraeus (SAVAGE, 1950)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Gerrhopilus hedraeus?
|Higher Taxa||Gerrhopilidae, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Negros Island Worm Snake|
|Synonym||Typhlops hedraea SAVAGE 1950: 49|
Typhlops hedraeus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 104
Gerrhopilus hedraeus — VIDAL et al. 2010
Gerrhopilus carolinehoserae HOSER 2012
Gerrhopilus hedraeus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 308
|Distribution||Philippines (including Mindanao, Cebu, Camotes, Negros, Luzon, Bohol and Mindoro Islands).|
Type locality: “1500 ft. above Luzuriaga, ca. 6 miles southwest of Dumaguete, Oriental Negros, Philippines.”
|Types||Holotype: CAS-SUR 12346, Stanford University 12346|
|Diagnosis||DIAGNOSIS. “A species of Typhlops readily distinguished from all other members of the genus known from the Indo-Australian area by the combinlation of the following characteristics: snout rounded; no suboculars; preoculars in contact with the second and third supralabials; nasals meeting behind the rostral; nasal suture originating at the second supralabial and passing through the nostril but failing to completely divide the nasal; and 18 rows of scales around the body. T. bramina (with 20 scale rows around the body), T. olivacea (with 20 scale count), and T. suluensis (with 22) approach the new species most closely in this scale count but are easily separated from it by the absence of any contact between the nasals. The only other blind snake from the Philippine Islands with the nasals meeting posterior to the rostral is T. jagorii from Luzon but this form has 28 scale rows around the body.” (Savage 1950: 50).|
Detailed DESCRIPTION: see Savage 1950 (OCR imperfect).
|Etymology||The name hedraea (Gr. = sitting, sedentary) seems 'appropriate for this distinct insular species.|