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Indotyphlops malcolmi (TAYLOR, 1947)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Malcolm's Worm Snake 
SynonymTyphlops malcolmi TAYLOR 1947: 291
Typhlops malcolmi — TAYLOR 1950
Typhlops malcolmi — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 109
Typhlops malcolmi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 766
Indotyphlops malcolmi — HEDGES et al. 2014 
DistributionSri Lanka.

Type locality: “12 miles north of Trincomalee, Eastern Province, Ceylon”  
TypesHolotype: lost (presumed), was EHT-HMS No. 30072; now presumed lost, according to Hahn, 1980, Das Tierreich 101:64, paratype: FMNH 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small bicolored snake having 20 longitudinal scale rows. 261-273 transverse scale rows around body; fourth labial twice as large as third, notched behind; a single postocular present; brown above and cream below with a brownish pigmented band crossing throat. Glands on head form a distinct, lighter pattern [from TAYLOR 1946]. 
  • 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.
  • Taylor, E.H. 1947. Comments on Ceylonese snakes of the genus Typhlops with descriptions of new species. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 31 (13): 283-298 - get paper here
  • Taylor, Edward H. 1950. The snakes of Ceylon. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 33 (14): 519-603 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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