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Mitophis asbolepis (THOMAS, MCDIARMID & THOMPSON, 1985)

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Higher TaxaLeptotyphlopidae, Epictinae, Epictini, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Martin Garcia Threadsnake 
SynonymLeptotyphlops asbolepis THOMAS, MCDIARMID & THOMPSON 1985: 209
Leptotyphlops asbolepis — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 616
Leptotyphlops asbolepis — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 21
Mitophis asbolepis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 456 
DistributionHispaniola (SW Dominican Republic)

Type locality: West slope of Loma del Aguacate, 350 m, Sierra Martin Garcia, Barahona Province, República Dominicana.  
TypesHolotype: UF/FSM 54802. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A relatively stout (SVL/MBD 56-60), small-eyed, uniformly pig- mented Leptotyphlops of the bilineatus group having 4 supra- and 4 infralabials, third supralabial in subocular position; relatively low middorsal scale number (302-342); far posterior reduction from 14 to 12 scale rows (98-99% SVL) by fusion of rows 2 and 3; rostral moderate in size; snout slightly decurved and protuberant; rhomboidal supranasal; small to large, hexagonal ocular; temporal-parietal suture length equal to or slightly less than length of parietal-occipital suture; no anal or ventral tubercles; no anal spurs; no pelvic girdle. 
CommentFor illustrations see Thomas, McDiarmid, and Thompson, 1985. 
EtymologyFrom the Greek, asbolos, "soot," and lepis, "scale," in reference to the darker, more uniform coloration of this species. 
  • Adalsteinsson, S.A.; Branch, W.R.; Trapé, S.; Vitt, L.J. & Hedges, S.B. 2009. Molecular phylogeny, classification, and biogeography of snakes of the Family Leptotyphlopidae (Reptilia, Squamata). Zootaxa 2244: 1-50 - get paper here
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • Thomas, R., R. W. McDiarmid, and F. G. Thompson. 1985. Three new species of thread snakes (Serpentes: Leptotyphlopidae) from Hispaniola. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 98: 204-220. - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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