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Epictia alfredschmidti (LEHR, WALLACH, KÖHLER & AGUILAR, 2002)

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Higher TaxaLeptotyphlopidae, Epictinae, Epictini, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymLeptotyphlops alfredschmidti LEHR, WALLACH, KÖHLER & AGUILAR 2002
Leptotyphlops alfredschmidti — LEHR et al. 2002
Epictia alfredschmidti — ADALSTEINSSON, BRANCH, TRAPE, VITT & HEDGES 2009
Epictia alfredschmidti — WALLACH et al. 2014: 275 
DistributionC Peru (Dep. Ancash, Prov. Huarmey)

Type locality: Malvas, elevation 2940 m, Dep. Ancash, Prov. Huarmey, Peru (9° 55' 36'' S, 77° 39' 00'' W)  
TypesHolotype: MUSM (= MHNSM) 20068 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Leptotyphlops alfredschmidti is placed in the L. tesselatus group sensu Orejas-Miranda (1964), characterized by broad contact between the supraocular and first supralabial. The new species differs from all species in that group, except L. teaguei and L. tricolor, by having a tricolor body pattern of red, black, and yellowish longitudinal stripes. Leptotyphlops alfredschmidti differs from the latter two species in number of middorsal scales 
CommentSimilar species: L. teaguei and L. tricolor. 
EtymologyNamed after Alfred A. Schmidt (born 23 Dec 1923), German herpetoculturista and patron. See Obst 2013 for biographical details. 
  • Adalsteinsson, S.A.; Branch, W.R.; Trapé, S.; Vitt, L.J. & Hedges, S.B. 2009. Molecular phylogeny, classification, and biogeography of snakes of the Family Leptotyphlopidae (Reptilia, Squamata). Zootaxa 2244: 1-50 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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
  • Lehr, E. 2002. Amphibien und Reptilien in Peru. Natur und Tier-Verlag (Münster), 208 pp. - get paper here
  • Lehr, E.; Köhler, G. & Streit, B. 2002. Die Herpetofauna von Mittelperu entlang eines Transektes von der pazifischen Küste bis in die Hochanden (Amphibia et Reptilia). Faun. Abh. Mus. Tierk. Dresden 22 (2): 361-392
  • Lehr, E.; Wallach, V. Köhler, G. & Aguilar, C. 2002. New species of tricolor Leptotyphlops (Reptlia: Squamata: Leptotyphlopidae) from Central Peru. Copeia 2002 (1): 131-136 - 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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