Gerrhopilus thurstoni (BOETTGER, 1890)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Gerrhopilus thurstoni?
|Higher Taxa||Gerrhopilidae, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Thurston's Worm Snake|
|Synonym||Typhlops thurstoni BOETTGER 1890|
Typhlops thurstoni — BOULENGER 1893: 26
Typhlops walli PROCTER 1924
Typhlops hurstoni BOURRET 1936 (error typographicus)
Typhlops thurstoni — SMITH 1943
Typhlops thurstoni — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 122
Typhlops thurstoni — DAS 2003
Gerrhopilus thurstoni — HEDGES et al. 2014: 27
Gerrhopilus thurstoni — PYRON & WALLACH 2014
Typhlops thurstoni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 773
|Distribution||S India (Kerala)|
Type locality: “Nilgiri Hills, Brit. Ostindien” [South India].
|Types||Holotype: MAD = Madras Museum|
|Diagnosis||Description: Snout broadly rounded, strongly projecting; nostrils lateral. Rostral broad above, 1/2 to 3/5 as broad as the head, extending to the level of the ocular shields; nasal incompletely divided, the suture passing from the 2nd labial-to just beyond the nostril; ocular 'and preocular shorter than the nasal; eye not distinguishable; ocular shield touching 3rd and 4th labials, not wedged in between them; prefrontal half as broad as the head, in broad contact with the rostral; supraocular twice as broad as long; tail ending in a point: 20 scales round the body, the diameter of which is 50-80 times in the total length; 550-600 transverse rows of scales (Smith 1943: 49).|
Coloration: Light brownish or yellowish above, paler below; snout and anal region whitish (Smith 1943: 49).
|Comment||Hedges et al. 2014 assigned this species tentatively to the family Gerrhopilidae; traditionally it was considered as a member Typhlopidae.|
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