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Amphisbaena acrobeles (RIBEIRO, CASTRO-MELLO & NOGUEIRA, 2009)

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Higher TaxaAmphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata 
Common Names 
SynonymAnops acrobeles RIBEIRO, CASTRO-MELLO & NOGUEIRA 2009
Amphisbaena acrobeles (by implication fide MOTT & VIEITES 2009)
Amphisbaena acrobelis — PEREZ et al. 2012 
DistributionBrazil (Tocantins: Jalapão Region in the Cerrado)

Type locality: close to the northern limits of Serra Geral do Tocantins Ecological Station, Tocantins, Brazil.  
TypesHolotype: MZUSP 96337 (field number CN 1034), specimen (sex undetermined, specimen with posteriormost section of body mutilated) from a pit-fall trapping site covered with typical Cerrado savannas, close to the northern limits of Serra Geral do Tocantins Ecological Station. 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe name ‘‘acrobeles,’’ from the Greek ákros = distal portion, and, beles = pointed. The specific epithet is a reference to the extremely acute rostral of the new species, much more pronounced than in the other two species of the genus [according to RIBEIRO et al. 2009 there are 3 species in Anops: acrobeles, bilabialatus, and kingii]. 
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Mott, Tamí; David R. Vieites 2009. Molecular phylogenetics reveals extreme morphological homoplasy in Brazilian worm lizards challenging current taxonomy. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 51 (2): 190-200 - get paper here
  • PEREZ, RENATA; SÍRIA RIBEIRO & MÁRCIO BORGES-MARTINS 2012. Reappraisal of the taxonomic status of Amphisbaena prunicolor (Cope 1885) and Amphisbaena albocingulata Boettger 1885 (Amphisbaenia: Amphisbaenidae). Zootaxa 3550: 1–25 - get paper here
  • Ribeiro, SÍria; Carolina Castro-Mello, Cristiano Nogueira 2009. New Species of Anops Bell, 1833 (Squamata, Amphisbaenia) from Jalapão Region in the Brazilian Cerrado. Journal of Herpetology 43 (1):21-28 - get paper here
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