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Indotyphlops lazelli (WALLACH & PAUWELS, 2004)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesChinese: 香港盲蛇 
SynonymTyphlops lazelli WALLACH & PAUWELS 2004
Typhlops lazelli — ZHAO 2006
Indotyphlops lazelli — HEDGES et al. 2014 
DistributionChina (Hong Kong)

Type locality: High West, Pokfulam, Hong Kong Island, China (22° 15’ 30’’ N, 114° 08’ 30’’ E).  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 173290 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Typhlops lazelli can be distinguished from all other typhloids of Asia (except T. porrectus) by the combination of 18 midbody scale rows and supralabial imbrication patterns (SIP) with both second and thrid supralabials overlapping shields above them. From T. porrectus it is differentiated by a unicameral trachel lung, absence of enlarged occipitals, and a projecting mental shield. 
EtymologyNamed after James D. Lazell. 
  • 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
  • Wallach, V. & Pauwels, OS.G. 2004. Typhlops lazelli, a new species of Chinese blindsnake from Hong Kong (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Breviora (512): 1-21 - get paper here
  • Zhao, E.M. 2006. The snakes of China [in Chinese]. Hefei, China, Anhui Sience & Technology Publ. House, Vol. I, 372 pp., Vol. II (color plates), 280 pp.
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