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Anomalepis aspinosus TAYLOR, 1939

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Higher TaxaAnomalepididae, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Taylor's Peru Blind Snake 
SynonymAnomalepis aspinosus TAYLOR 1939: 92
Anomalepis aspinosus — KOFRON 1988
Anomalepis aspinosus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 47
Anomalepis aspinosus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 43 
DistributionPeru (Cajamarca)

Type locality: Perico, Cajamarca, Peru  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 14782, paratypes: MCZ 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Teeth in both upper and lower jaws. Nostril between two nasals; dorsal scales 320-343 from rostral to terminal scute of tail. Scale rows about middle of body 24-26, frontal with area about that of a prefrontal; four upper and three lower labials. No trace of a spine on terminal plate. Scales with minute pits, usually single. (Taylor 1939: 92)

Description: Three specimens of A. aspinosus are characterized by 329-342 dorsal scales, and a scale-row formula of (27-28)-24-24. MCZ 14782 has an aberrant head-scale condition in that the third labial on the left side is fused to a scale above it. Total lengths are 83-160 mm. (Kofron 1988: 10) 
CommentAbundance: very rare; since the 8 specimens collected by TAylor in 199, no others have been found (Kofron 1988). 
  • Kofron, C. 1988. The central and south-american blindsnakes of the genus Anomalepis. Amphibia-Reptilia 9: 7-14 - get paper here
  • Marx,H. 1953. A new worm snake from Colombia, genus Anomalepis. Fieldiana: Zoology 34: 197-198 - get paper here
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Taylor,E.H. 1939. Two new species of the genus Anomalepis Jan, with a proposal of a new family of snakes. Proc. New England zool. Club 17: 87-96
  • 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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