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Ramphotyphlops adocetus WYNN, REYNOLDS, BUDEN, FALANRUW & LYNCH, 2012

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymRamphotyphlops adocetus WYNN, REYNOLDS, BUDEN, FALANRUW & LYNCH 2012
Ramphotyphlops adocetus — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops adocetus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 625 
DistributionMicronesia: Caroline Islands

Type locality: Pasa Island, Ant Atoll, Caroline Islands, Federated States of Micronesia  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: USNM 529971, an adult male, collected by Otto Sirom on 15 July 1999.
Paratypes. USNM 558284–558299, Pasa Island, Ant Atoll, Caroline Islands (Federated States of Micronesia), collected by Brian Lynch and Donald W. Buden on 30 August 2008. 
CommentDiagnosis. Ramphotyhlops adocetus can be distinguished from other Indoaustralian and Philippine typhlopids by the combination of 22 scale rows over the length of the body; the wedge-shaped snout, without a keratinized keel; and its broad, pyriform rostral. 
EtymologyThe specific name adocetus is derived from the Greek adoketos meaning “unexpected or surprising,” in reference to the unexpected discovery of this species on a remote Pacific atoll. 
References
  • Buden, Donald W. & Danko Taboroši 2016. Reptiles of the Federated States of Micronesia. Island Research and Education Initiative, 311 pp. - get paper here
  • Hedges, S.B., Marion, A.B., Lipp, K.M., Marin, J. & Vidal, N. 2014. A taxonomic framework for typhlopid snakes from the Caribbean and other regions (Reptilia, Squamata). Caribbean Herpetology 49: 1–61 - 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.
  • WYNN, ADDISON H.; ROBERT P. REYNOLDS, DONALD W. BUDEN, MARJORIE FALANRUW & BRIAN LYNCH 2012. The unexpected discovery of blind snakes (Serpentes: Typhlopidae) in Micronesia: two new species of Ramphotyphlops from the Caroline Islands. Zootaxa 3172: 39–54 - get paper here
 
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