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Malayotyphlops castanotus (WYNN & LEVITON, 1993)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesBrown-backed Blind Snake, Wynn's Worm Snake 
SynonymTyphlops castanotus WYNN & LEVITON 1993
Typhlops castanotus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 94
Typhlops castanotus — GAULKE 2011: 335
Typhlops castanotus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 760
Malayotyphlops castanotus — HEDGES et al. 2014 
DistributionPhilippines (West-Visayas, Negros, Panay, Boracay, Inampulugan)

Type locality: Pulupandan, Inampulugan Island, Negros Occidental Province, Philippines.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: CAS-SUR 27940 
CommentTyphlops castanotus has a distinctly bicolored pattern without a head to vent reduction in the number of pigmented scale rows on the dorsum. 
Etymologynamed after the latinized Greek “kastanea” = brown, and “notos” = back, for its body color. 
References
  • Ferner, John W., Rafe M. Brown, Rogelio V. Sison and Robert S. Kennedy 2000. The amphibians and reptiles of Panay Island, Philippines. Asiatic Herpetological Research 9: 1-37 - get paper here
  • Gaulke, M. 2011. The herpetofauna of Panay Island, Philippines. Edition Chimaira, 390 pp.
  • 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. Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Wynn A H. LEVITON A E. 1993. Two new species of blind snake, genus Typhlops (Reptilia: Squamata: Typhlopidae), from the Philippine Archipelago. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 106 (1): 34-45. - get paper here
 
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