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Liopholidophis oligolepis GLAW, KUCHARZEWSKI, NAGY, HAWLITSCHEK & VENCES, 2013

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Pseudoxyrhophiinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymLiopholidophis oligolepis GLAW, KUCHARZEWSKI, NAGY, HAWLITSCHEK & VENCES 2013 
DistributionNE Madagascar (Marojejy National Park)

Type locality: Marojejy National Park, near a campsite locally known as "Camp Mantella" (14°26.260'S, 49°46.533'E; 481 m a.s.l.), northeastern Madagascar  
TypesHolotype: ZSM 153/2005 (field number FGZC 2796), probably adult female, collected on 15 February 2005 by F. Glaw, M. Vences & R. D. Randrianiaina. 
EtymologyThe species name oligolepis is derived from the two Greek words, "oligo" meaning "few" and "lepis" meaning "scale," and refers to the very low scale counts of this species (15 dorsal scale rows, 137 ventrals, 54 subcaudals), which are unique among Malagasy snakes. It is used as a noun in apposition. 
  • Glaw, Frank; Christoph Kucharzewski; Zoltán T. Nagy; Oliver Hawlitschek; Miguel Vences 2013. New insights into the systematics and molecular phylogeny of the Malagasy snake genus Liopholidophis suggest at least one rapid reversal of extreme sexual dimorphism in tail length. Org Divers Evol, DOI 10.1007/s13127-013-0152-4 - get paper here
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