Ramphotyphlops supranasalis (BRONGERSMA, 1934)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Ramphotyphlops supranasalis?
|Higher Taxa||Typhlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Typhlops supranasalis BRONGERSMA 1934|
Ramphotyphlops supranasalis — WALLACH 1996
Ramphotyphlops supranasalis — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 74
Ramphotyphlops supranasalis — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops supranasalis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 630
|Distribution||Indonesia: Salawati Island|
Type locality: "Salawatti" [Salawati Island].
|Types||Holotype: RMNH 6291.|
|Diagnosis||Original description: Snout rounded, strongly projecting. Nostril latero-inferior, about equidistant from rostral and preocular. Nasal incompletely or nearly completely divided, the cleft proceeding from the second upper labial. Besides the usual nasal cleft, which divides the nasal in an anterior and a posterior part, there is a transverse suture, which divides the nasal in a lower part (nasal B. 8.) and an upper part (supranasal). At the point where this suture reaches the rostral, this shield is more or less angular. Rostral not reaching the level of the eyes, its width contained 2.1-2.4 times in the width of the head. Preocular present, in contact with the second and third upper labials, its suture with the second labial about horizontal. Ocular in contact with the third and fourth upper labial. Head-scales enlarged. Eyes distinct. Body with 22 scales round the middle, its diameter contained 45.2-45.6 times in the total length. Length of tail contained 30.7-31.1 times in the total length; tail 1.9--2.0 times as long as broad, ending in a spine. (Brongersma 1934: 191)|
Colour (in alcohol): brownish above (9 scale-rows), yellowish below. Snout yellow, with a small median dark spot on the rostral. (Brongersma 1934: 191)
Comparisons: This species is very closely related to T. flaviventer from which it differs in the shape of the rostral and the supranasals. (Brongersma 1934: 191)