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Range Description

Typhlops pammeces is endemic to India. Sharma (2003) the species inhabiting ‘southeast India’. The type locality is marked as ‘Madras’ (Smith 1943, McDiarmid et al. 1999), however ‘Madras’ was applied in the 1860s to a wide area encompassing most of the area south of the rivers Thungabhadra and Krishna to Ganjam in Orissa along the southeast coast (thus Sharma’s 2003 reference to it inhabiting ‘southeast India’). As the exact type localities of Typhlops pammeces and its junior synonym Typhlops tenuis Gunther, 1864 (type locality also marked as ‘Madras’) are not known, and the type locality of Typhlops psammophilus Annandale, 1906 (another junior synonym) is known from ‘Ramnad, Madras’, we propose to restrict the type locality of Typhlops pammeces to Ramnad (the present day Ramanathapuram) in south eastern Tamil Nadu from where the species has been observed in good numbers in the recent past. Typhlops pammeces is presently known only from Ramanathapuram district in south eastern Tamil Nadu, India.


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