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Madatyphlops albanalis (RENDAHL, 1918)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Madatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymTyphlops albanalis RENDAHL 1918: 3
Lemuriatyphlops albanalis — PYRON & WALLACH 2014
Madatyphlops albanalis — NAGY et al. 2015 
Distributionunknown (see comment)  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: NRM 2574 Zootomisches Institut der Hochschule zu Stockholm) 
CommentTyphlops albanalis has been considered as a synonym of T. ocularis (by HAHN 1980 and others) but considered as a valid species by V. Wallach (cited in McDiarmid et al. 1999). T. albanalis is probably not from Madagascar but a valid species (V. Wallach, pers. comm.). PYRON & WALLACH 2014 included it in Lemuriatyphlops based on 20 dorsal scale rows lacking reduction (Rendahl 1918).
See PYRON & WALLACH 2014: 55 for a discussion.

albanalis: Terra typica: “Cape Province, South Africa” (in error); probably from South Africa or Madagascar. 
References
  • NAGY, ZOLTÁN T.; ANGELA B. MARION, FRANK GLAW, AURÉLIEN MIRALLES,<br />JOACHIM NOPPER, MIGUEL VENCES & S. BLAIR HEDGES 2015. Molecular systematics and undescribed diversity of Madagascan scolecophidian snakes (Squamata: Serpentes) Zootaxa 4040 (1): 031–047 - get paper here
  • Pyron, R.A. & Wallach, V. 2014. Systematics of the blindsnakes (Serpentes: Scolecophidia: Typhlopoidea) based on molecular and morphological evidence. Zootaxa 3829 (1): 001–081
  • Rendahl, H. 1918. Zwei neue Arten der Gattung Typhlops aus dem Kaplande. Arkiv för Zoologi 11 (17): 1-6
 
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