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Myriopholis mackayi MALONZA, 2023

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Higher TaxaLeptotyphlopidae, Leptotyphlopinae, Myriopholini, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymMyriopholis mackayi MALONZA 2023 

Type locality: Kyulu Railway Station (the old one-meter gauge railway), Tsavo East National Park, Makueni County, Kenya (2.92838°S, 38.40811°E, elevation 565 m);  
TypesHolotype: NMK-S3416 (National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi),collected on 7 December 1986 by Alex Duff-MacKay
Paratypes: (n=4): NMK-S4083 (Field No. KJ00031) from the Jora area at the base of Mount Kasigau, Tsavo plains (3.82077oS; 38.61940oE, elevation 577 m), collected by Renson Dio 5 July 2006; NMK-S4102 (Field No. JM03134) from the same locality as NMK-S4083, collected by John Measey 24 October 2006; NMK-S4590 (Field No. KIZ029537) from the Komboyo area, Tsavo West National Park, Taita-Taveta County, Coast Province, southeastern Kenya (2.77405°S, 38.12045°E, elevation 870 m), collected 24 April 2017 by Patrick K. Malonza, Felista K. Kilunda and Justus Ochong’. 
EtymologyNamed in honour of Alex Duff-MacKay, the first curator of the Section of Herpetology, National Museums of Kenya, and collector of the holotype. 
  • Malonza, Patrick K. 2023. A new species of threadsnake in the genus Myriopholis (Squamata: Scolecophidia: Leptotyplophidae) from southeastern Kenya, African Journal of Herpetology, - get paper here
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