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Myriopholis parkeri (BROADLEY, 1999)

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Higher TaxaLeptotyphlopidae, Leptotyphlopinae, Rhinoleptini, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
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 
DistributionEthiopia

Type locality: Degeh Bur, Harerege Region, Ethiopia (8° 13’ N, 43° 30’ E), elevation 1067 m. Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
 
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1949.2.3.47 
CommentBased on a single specimen. A second specimen was described by BOUNDY 2013.

Diagnosis. Distinguished from all other species of the genus in having 16 scale rows on the body, 14 on the tail, and an undifferentiated cloacal shield. In addition the paravertebral scale rows extend forward to separate the parietals from the postfrontal. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Hampton Wildman Parker (1897-1968), who first suggested that the Degeh Bur specimen might represent an undescribed species. 
References
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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