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Cubatyphlops golyathi (DOMINGUEZ & MORENO, 2009)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Typhlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesGoliath Blindsnake 
SynonymTyphlops golyathi DOMINGUEZ & MORENO 2009
Cubatyphlops golyathi — HEDGES et al. 2014
Typhlops golyathi — PYRON & WALLACH 2014
Cubatyphlops golyathi — NAGY et al. 2015 
DistributionCuba (Pinar del Río Province)

Type locality: Valle de San Vicente, Viñales Municipality, Pinar del Río Province, Cuba, 22º41'00'' N, 83º43'00'' W, 112 m elevation. Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
 
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: CZACC 4.5385, Male, collected on April 2003 by Roberto Alonso. 
CommentDistribution: latitude and longitude were confused (swapped) in the original description. The coordinates shown here are the correct ones. 
EtymologyPatronymic of Golyath (Later Latin translated from Hebrew), biblical giant from book 1st Samuel, Old Testament. Name in allusion to the large size of this species. 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • DOMÍNGUEZ, MICHEL & LUIS V. MORENO 2009. Taxonomy of the Cuban blind snakes (Scolecophidia, Typhlopidae), with the description of a new large species. Zootaxa 2028: 59-66 - get paper here
  • Hedges, S.B., Marion, A.B., Lipp, K.M., Marin, J. & Vidal, N. 2014. A taxonomic framework for typhlopid snakes from the Caribbean and other regions (Reptilia, Squamata). Caribbean Herpetology 49: 1–61 - get paper here
  • NAGY, ZOLTÁN T.; ANGELA B. MARION, FRANK GLAW, AURÉLIEN MIRALLES,<br />JOACHIM NOPPER, MIGUEL VENCES & S. BLAIR HEDGES 2015. Molecular systematics and undescribed diversity of Madagascan scolecophidian snakes (Squamata: Serpentes) Zootaxa 4040 (1): 031–047 - get paper here
  • Pyron, R.A. & Wallach, V. 2014. Systematics of the blindsnakes (Serpentes: Scolecophidia: Typhlopoidea) based on molecular and morphological evidence. Zootaxa 3829 (1): 001–081
 
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