Epacrophis drewesi (WALLACH, 1996)
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|Higher Taxa||Leptotyphlopidae, Leptotyphlopinae, Epacrophini, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||Drewes’ worm snake|
|Synonym||Leptotyphlops drewesi WALLACH 1996|
Leptotyphlops drewesi — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 28
Leptotyphlops drewesi — BROADLEY & WALLACH 2007: 19
Epacrophis drewesi — ADALSTEINSSON, BRANCH, TRAPE, VITT & HEDGES 2009
Epacrophis drewesi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 275
Epacrophis drewesi — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 365
Type locality: northern base of Mount Kenya, 10 km south of Isiolo, Eastern Region, Kenya (0°21’N, 37°35’E, elevation ca. 1400 m). Map legend:
- Type locality.
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Types||Holotype: CAS 85756|
|Comment||Leptotyphlops drewesi n. sp. is distinguishable from all Leptotyphlops by the absence of an interparietal shield. It appears to be most closely related to L. boulengeri, an insular species off the Kenya coast. The two species form the L. boulengeri species group, which is separable from the L. longicaudus species group by the presence of an anterior supralabial of medium height and a large thorn-like apical spine (vs. a tall anterior supralabial and small needle-like spine).|
Habitat: the ecotone between the semi-arid steppe of the Somali Arid zone and the wooded and open grassland of northern Mount Kenya, 14 m. This consists of steep slopes with short grasses and scattered low thorn trees (Acacia).
|Etymology||Dedicated to Robert C. Drewes, curator of the Department of Herpetology at the California Academy of Sciences.|
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