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Amphisbaena filiformis RIBEIRO, GOMES, RODRIGUES DA SILVA, CINTRA & DA SILVA, 2016

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Higher TaxaAmphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymAmphisbaena filiformis RIBEIRO, GOMES, RODRIGUES DA SILVA, CINTRA & DA SILVA 2016 
DistributionBrazil (Tocantins: Babaçulândia and Estreito municipalities)

Type locality: municipality of Babaçulândia (07o14’45” S, 47o46’38” W, 156 m), State of Tocantins, Brazil  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. MPEG 27916 (field number: EDR 730), an adult male, collected on 01 February 2010 by Carlos Eduardo D. Cintra.
Paratypes. Male: MPEG 27917; indeterminate sex: MPEG 27915, MPEG 27918 and MPEG 27919; same data as the holotype, but collected on 08 February 2010. Males: MZUSP 102046, MZUSP 102048, MZUSP 102049 and MZUSP 102044; female: MZUSP 102047 and MZUSP 102045; all from Estreito municipality (06°35'13" S, 47°27'39" W), State of Maranhão, Brazil, collected by Carlos Eduardo D. Cintra, between 18 January and 27 April 2011. 
CommentHabitat: sandy soil, among open lowland rainforest, locally characterized by the babaçu palm tree. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet filiformis is formed from the Latin words filum (= thread) and forma (= shape) in reference to the slender body shape characteristic of the new species. 
References
  • RIBEIRO, SÍRIA; JERRIANE O. GOMES, HELDER LÚCIO RODRIGUES DA SILVA, CARLOS EDUARDO D. CINTRA, NELSON JORGE DA SILVA JR. 2016. A new two-pored species of Amphisbaena (Squamata, Amphisbaenidae) from the Brazilian Cerrado, with a key to the two-pored species of Amphisbaena. Zootaxa 4147 (2): 124–142 - get paper here
 
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