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Mitophis pyrites (THOMAS, 1965)

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Higher TaxaLeptotyphlopidae, Epictinae, Epictini, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesThomas' Blind Snake 
SynonymLeptotyphlops pyrites THOMAS 1965: 2
Leptotyphlops pyrites — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 621
Leptotyphlops pyrites — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 40
Mitophis pyrites — WALLACH et al. 2014: 456 
DistributionHispaniola (SE Haiti, SW Dominican Republic).

Type locality: Pedernales, Pedernales Province, Dominican Republic, Hispaniola.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 77239. 
CommentFor illustrations see Thomas, 1965.

Type species: Leptotyphlops pyrites THOMAS 1965 is the type species of the genus Mitophis pyrites HEDGES, ADALSTEINSSON & BRANCH 2009. 
EtymologyEtymology (genus): The generic name is masculine and derived from the Greek nouns mitos (thread) and ophis (snake). 
  • 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. 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. 1965. The genus Leptotyphlops in the West Indies with description of a new species from Hispaniola (Serpentes, Leptotyphlopidae). Breviora (222):1-12. - get paper here
  • 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. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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