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Myriopholis parkeri (BROADLEY, 1999)

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Higher TaxaLeptotyphlopidae, Leptotyphlopinae, Rhinoleptini, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesParker’s worm snake 
SynonymLeptotyphlops parkeri BROADLEY 1999
Leptotyphlops cairi — PARKER 1949: 19 (part.)
Leptotyphlops cairi — LARGEN & RASMUSSEN 1993: 324 (part.)
Leptotyphlops parkeri — BROADLEY & WALLACH 2007
Rhinoleptus parkeri — ADALSTEINSSON, BRANCH, TRAPE, VITT & HEDGES 2009
Leptotyphlops parkeri — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 432
Myriopholis parkeri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 466
Leptotyphlops parkeri — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 370 

Type locality: Degeh Bur, Harerege Region, Ethiopia (8° 13’ N, 43° 30’ E), elevation 1067 m.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1949.2.3.47 
CommentBased on a single specimen. A second specimen was described by BOUNDY 2013. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Hampton Wildman Parker (1897-1968), who first suggested that the Degeh Bur specimen might represent an undescribed 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
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • BOUNDY, JEFF 2013. Description of a second specimen of Leptotyphlops parkeri (Squamata: Leptotyphlopidae), with comments on its generic placement. Zootaxa 3637 (4): 493–497 - get paper here
  • Broadley, Donald G. 1999. A new species of worm snake from Ethiopia (Serpentes: Leptotyphlopidae). Arnoldia Zimbabwe 10 (14): 141-144
  • Broadley, Donald G. & Wallach, V. 2007. A revision of the genus Leptotyphlops in northeastern Africa and southwestern Arabia (Serpentes: Leptotyphlopidae). Zootaxa 1408: 1–78 - get paper here
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 694 pp.
  • Largen,M.J. & Rasmussen,J.B. 1993. Catalogue of the snakes of Ethiopia (Reptilia Serpentes), including identification keys. Tropical Zoology 6: 313-434 - get paper here
  • Parker,H.W. 1949. The snakes of Somaliland and the Sokotra islands. Zoologische Verhandelingen 6: 1-115 - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - 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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