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Anomalepis flavapices PETERS, 1957

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Higher TaxaAnomalepididae, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Ecuador Blind Snake 
SynonymAnomalepis flavapices PETERS 1957: 3
Anomalepis flavapices — KOFRON 1988
Anomalepis flavapices — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 48
Anomalepis flavapices — WALLACH et al. 2014: 43 
DistributionNW Ecuador

Type locality: near Esmeraldas, Provincia de Esmeraldas, Ecuador.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 196349; paratype: AMNH; Collected by: "Mr. Gray". Paratype: (n=1) AMNH 6966, collected at Manabi, Ecuador, by G. H. Pepper. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: This species can be distinguished from all other members of the genus by the absence of brown pigment on the yellowish white head and end of the tail, and by the number of scale rows from the rostral to the tail tip, which are 304-308. It is distinguished from all species except aspinosus by the number of scale rows around the body which is 26. (Peters 1957: 3)

Description: The two types are characterized by 308 and 317 dorsal scales, and a scale-row formula of 26-26-24. The holotype ofA. flavapices apparently has an aberrant head-scale condition in that the first labial on each side is divided into two scales, one above the other. The first labials of the paratype are not divided. The two specimens measure 140 and 146 mm total length. (Kofron 1988: 9)

Description of type specimen: Peters 1957: 3 
CommentSynonymy: Kofron 1988 thought that A. flavapices may be conspecific with A. aspinosus of adjacent northwestern Peru. 
EtymologyThe name of this new species is a combination of the Latin stem "flavus," meaning yellow, and the word "apices," meaning tips. This is in reference to the yellow head and tail tip. 
  • Kofron, C. 1988. The central and south-american blindsnakes of the genus Anomalepis. Amphibia-Reptilia 9: 7-14 - 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.
  • Peters, James A. 1957. Taxonomic notes on Ecuadorian snakes in the American Museum of Natural History. American Museum Novitates (1851): 1-13 - get paper here
  • Torres-Carvajal O, Pazmiño-Otamendi G, Salazar-Valenzuela D. 2019. Reptiles of Ecuador: a resource-rich portal, with a dynamic checklist and photographic guides. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 13 (1): [General Section]: 209–229 (e178) - 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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