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Amerotyphlops tycherus (TOWNSEND, WILSON, KETZLER & LUQUE-MONTES, 2008)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Typhlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymTyphlops tycherus TOWNSEND, WILSON, KETZLER & LUQUE-MONTES 2008
Amerotyphlops tycherus — HEDGES et al. 2014
Typhlops tycherus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 773 

Type locality: road between San José de Los Andes and El Cedral (14°54.241’N, 88°05.489’W), 1550 m elevation, western slope of Montaña de Santa Bárbara, Parque Nacional Montaña de Santa Bárbara, Depto. Santa Bárbara, Honduras.  
TypesHolotype: UF 151797, adult female, collected 3 February 2008 by Laura E. Chakerian and Lorraine P. Ketzler, original field number JHT 2376 
EtymologyThe specific name tycherus is derived from the Greek word “tycheros,” meaning “lucky,” and is given in reference to a remarkable string of providential events that preceded the acquisition of the holotype. 
  • 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
  • McCranie J R 2011. The snakes of Honduras. SSAR, Salt Lake City, 725 pp.
  • McCranie, J.R. & Valdés Orellana, L. 2012. Typhlops tycherus Townsend, Wilson, Ketzler and Luque- Montes, 2008 (Squamata: Serpentes: Typhlopidae): Significant range extension for this Honduran endemic. Check List 8(6): 1308–1309 - get paper here
  • McCranie, James R. 2015. A checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with additions, comments on taxonomy, some recent taxonomic decisions, and areas of further studies needed. Zootaxa 3931 (3): 352–386 - get paper here
  • Solís, J. M., L. D. Wilson, and J. H. Townsend. 2014. An updated list of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with comments on their nomenclature. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1: 123–144 - get paper here
  • Townsend, Josiah H.; Wilson, L.D.; Ketzler, L.P. & Luque-Montes, I.R. 2008. The largest blindsnake in Mesoamerica: a new species of Typhlops (Squamata: Typhlopidae) from an isolated karstic mountain in Honduras. Zootaxa 1932: 18–26 - 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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