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Ramphotyphlops lorenzi (WERNER, 1909)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymTyphlops lorenzi WERNER 1909: 209
Typhlops lorenzi — DE ROOIJ 1917: 8
Ramphotyphlops lorenzi — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 68
Ramphotyphlops lorenzi — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops lorenzi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 628 
DistributionIndonesia (Borneo).

Type locality: “Pahu Miang-besar off east coast of Borneo”, Poeloe Island (Miang besar).  
TypesHolotype: ZMH, destroyed during WorId War II, according to Hahn, 1980: 63 
DiagnosisSnout with a sharp horizontal edge, projecting; nostril inferior. Rostral not quite half the width of the head, not extending to the level of the eyes; nasal incompletely divided, the cleft proceeding from the first labial ; prae-ocular present, about as broad as the ocular, in contact with the second and third labials; eyes very distinct; scales between the eyes a little enlarged; four upper labials, increasing in size. Body with 22 scales round the middle; its diameter 56 times in the total length; tail a little more long than broad, ending in a spine (De Rooij 1917).

Color: Greyish-green above; rostral brown, bordered with light. Lower surface light olive-green (De Rooij 1917).

Total length 337 mm (After WERNER; cited in De Rooij 1917). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Th. Lorenz, collector of the types. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • de Rooij, N. DE 1917. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Il. Ophidia. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 334 S. - get paper here
  • Hahn,D.E. 1980. Liste der rezenten Amphibien und Reptilien. Anomalepididae, Leptotyphlopidae, Typhlopidae. Das Tierreich, De Gruyter (Berlin) 101: 45
  • 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.
  • Stuebing, R.B., Inger, R.F. & Lardner, B. 2014. A field guide to the snakes of Borneo, second edition. Natural history Publications (Borneo)
  • 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.
  • Werner,F. 1909. Über neue oder seltene Reptilien des Naturhistorischen Museums in Hamburg. Jahrb. Hamb. wiss. Anst. suppl. 2 (Mitt. Naturhist. Mus. Hamb. 1908) 26: 205-247 - get paper here
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