Cubatyphlops arator (THOMAS & HEDGES, 2007)
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|Higher Taxa||Typhlopidae (Typhlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||Cuban Giant Blindsnake|
|Synonym||Typhlops arator THOMAS & HEDGES 2007|
Cubatyphlops arator — HEDGES et al. 2014
Typhlops arator — PYRON & WALLACH 2014
Cubatyphlops arator — NAGY et al. 2015
|Distribution||W Cuba (Narigon, Habana Province)|
Type locality: “El Narigon and La India,” near Puerto Escondido, La Habana, Province, Cuba
|Types||Holotype: MNHN Cu 191, a female, collected by Ruben Regalado and Carlos Wotzkow, on 20 April 1988.|
|Comment||Diagnosis: A large species of the Typhlops biminiensis Group that has a greater number of middorsal scales than any other West Indian species (578–579). Also, it has 26 scale rows anteriorly, more than any other West Indian species. It also has a uniquely shaped rostral (Fig. 8), which differs from T. biminiensis in having an acuminate posterior edge (as in other Cuban species), not broadly rounded (Fig. 8F). The rostral scale also rounds the tip of the snout without narrowing, which is unique among Cuban species in the group, reflected in a high RW2 (Fig. 10D). Typhlops arator additionally has a large protrusion (umbo) of the snout (Fig. 8F).|
|Etymology||From the Greek, arator, a plow, in allusion to the prominent rostral umbo (protrusion).|
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