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Mitophis leptipileptus (THOMAS, MCDIARMID & THOMPSON, 1985)

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Higher TaxaLeptotyphlopidae, Epictinae, Epictini, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SynonymLeptotyphlops leptepilepta THOMAS, MCDIARMID & THOMPSON 1985: 211
Leptotyphlops leptipilepta — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 620
Leptotyphlops leptipileptus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 34
Mitophis leptipileptus — ADALSTEINSSON, BRANCH, TRAPE, VITT & HEDGES 2009
Mitophis leptipileptus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 456 
DistributionHispaniola (SE Haiti)

Type locality: Soliette, 5 km airline NW Fond Verrettes, 366 m, Département de l'Ouest, Haiti.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 236661. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Relatively slender (SVL/MBD 72-94), small-eyed, silvery tan or piebald Leptotyphlops of the bilineatus group having 3 supra- and 3 infralabials, second supralabial in subocular position; high number of middorsal scales (377-414); far posterior reduction from 14 to 12 scale rows (84-95% SVL) by fusion of rows 0 and 1; large, protuberant rostral; slightly decurved snout; triangular supranasal; small, pentagonal ocular; temporal-parietal suture length equal to '/j or less length of parietal-occipital suture; no anal or ventral tubercles; no anal spurs; pelvic vestiges usually absent. 
CommentFor illustrations see Thomas, McDiarmid, and Thompson, 1985. 
EtymologyLeptepileptus is from the Greek meaning extremely thin, literally "thin-upon-thin.'' 
  • 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.
  • O’Shea, M. 2018. The Book of Snakes. Ivy Press / Quarto Publishing, London, - get paper here
  • 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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