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Epictia melanura (SCHMIDT & WALKER, 1943)

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Higher TaxaLeptotyphlopidae, Epictinae, Epictini, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Dark Blind Snake 
SynonymLeptotyphlops melanurus SCHMIDT & WALKER 1943: 303
Leptotyphlops melanurus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 37
Epictia melanura — WALLACH et al. 2014: 277 

Type locality: Chiclin, Libertad, Peru.  
TypesHolotype: FMNH. 34269. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small slender worm snake, nearly uniform in coloration, not distinctly lineate; no caudal spot, rostral spot occasionally present; dorsal scales 395; ocular shield in contact with the nasal (Schmidt & Walker 1943: 303). 
  • 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
  • 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
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Schmidt,K.P. & WALKER Jr. ,W.F. 1943. Snakes of the Peruvian coastal region. Zool. Ser. Field Mus. nat. Hist., Chicago, 24: 297-327 - 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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