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Indotyphlops laca O'SHEA, WALLACH, HSIAO & KAISER, 2023

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymIndotyphlops laca O'SHEA, WALLACH, HSIAO & KAISER 2023: 489 

Type locality: near the fuel depot at Nicolau Lobato International Airport, Dili Municipality, Timor-Leste (8.5485°S, 125.5204°E, elevation ca. 10 m).  
TypesHolotype: MCZ R-192968 (field No. MOS 3264), an immature female (Fig. 3) collected by H. Kaiser and M. O'Shea on 10 August 2014 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Indotyphlops laca is a small (SVL = 119 mm), slender (relative body thickness 71 or 1.4% of TTL) member of the genus with a T-V SIP, 18 scale rows along the body lacking posterior reduction, 434 middorsal scales, rostral oval with relative rostral width 0.36, semidivided nasal shield, inferior nasal suture contacting second supralabial, eyespot lacking pupil or iris, relative tail length 1.6%, occipital scales not enlarged, and lacking apical spine. (O’Shea et al. 2023) 
EtymologyNamed after Agivedo “Laca” Varela Ribeiro, a citizen of Timor-Leste and a native of Raça in Lautém, the country's easternmost municipality (on behalf of the Timorese members of the research team). 
  • O'Shea, Mark; Van Wallach, Emma Hsiao, and Hinrich Kaiser. 2023. Anteaters” under the airport: a slender new species of blindsnake, genus Indotyphlops, from Timor-Leste (Scolecophidia: Typhlopidae: Asiatyphlopinae). Canadian Journal of Zoology. 101(6): 486-498 - get paper here
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