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Indotyphlops ahsanai (KHAN, 1999)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymTyphlops ahsanai KHAN 1999: 238
Typhlops ahsanuli inc. sed. — WALLACH 2000 (nomen emend.)
Indotyphlops ahsanai — HEDGES et al. 2014 
DistributionPakistan (Punjab)

Type locality: W of Charnali village, about 2 km W of Goi Madan, District Kotli, Azad Kashmir, 33°30'N 74°00'E, elevation 1320 m.  
TypesHolotype: MSK 0903.93, an adult, July 17, 1993, collector Muhammad Sharif Khan. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Typhlops ahsanai belongs to madgemintonai Group, differing in having 75% complete supranasal suture; anterior nasal scale over- laps the first supralabial and anterior ventral part of the posterior nasal scale; the posterior nasal scale is deeply scalloped behind so that the preocular scale extends deep in the postnasal concavity so formed; preocular scale is larger than ocular; the preocular- nasal suture is studded with thick squamous glands; preocular scale is in contact with only third supra- labial; posterior nasal scale is in contact with second and third supralabial. 
CommentClassified as “incertae sedis” (of questionable status) by Wallach 2000. 
EtymologyNamed after Professor Dr. Ahsanul-Islam (1927-1974), Principal of the Zoology Department, Government College, Lahore, Pakistan and former teacher of the describer of this species. 
  • 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
  • Khan, M. S. 1999. Two new species of blind snakes of genus Typhlops from Azad Kashmir and Punjab, Pakistan (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Russ. J. Herpetol. 6 (3): 231-240 - get paper here
  • Wallach, V. 2000. Critical review of some recent descriptions of Pakistani Typhlops by M. S. KHAN, 1999 (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Hamadryad 25 (2): 129-143 - get paper here
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