IUCN threat status:

Endangered (EN)

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Lectotype: BMNH RR 1946.9.5.24 (1910.3.18.84), adult, from the west side of Mt. Seychellois, altitude 1200 ft. Mahé, collected in 1910 by J. Stanley Gardiner.

Paratype: BMNH RR. 1946.9.5.25 (1910.3.18.85 yg), Cascade, Mahé; collected in 1910 by J. Stanley Gardiner.

Short species, generally less than 112mm; tentacle closer to nostril than to eye, separated from the eye by a distance three times as great as that from the nostril; scales present; teeth in four series; tongue with narial plugs; short tail with one or two folds behind the vent, which is narrowly transverse with denticles fore and aft and larger median lateral ones bearing small anal glands; primaries not know to exceed 70; distance between the eyes is less than the length from eye to snout tip; snout projects strongly beyond the mouth; first collar behind the occiput is well defined with short transverse dorsal and ventral grooves, second collar is approximately the same size with a longer transverse dorsal groove; brown with grooves slightly lighter, ventral surfaces are somewhat lighter with a yellow cream spot present at the vent (modified from Taylor 1968).

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