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Trilepida nicefori (DUNN, 1946)

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Higher TaxaLeptotyphlopidae, Epictinae, Epictini, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Santander Blind Snake 
SynonymLeptotyphlops nicefori DUNN 1946
Leptotyphlops nicefori — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 39
Tricheilostoma nicefori — PINTO-RICHARD et al. 2010
Trilepida nicefori — HEDGES 2011
Tricheilostoma nicefori — PINTO & FERNANDES 2012
Trilepida nicefori — WALLACH et al. 2014: 739 
DistributionColombia (Santander).

Type locality: Mogotes, Santander, Colombia, elevation 1746 m.  
TypesHolotype: MLS (An un-numbered juvenile in the Instituto de LaSalle, Bogotá) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Tricheilostoma nicefori is distinguished from all congeners by the combination of the following characters: snout rounded in dorsal and lateral views; supraocular present; ocular subhexagonal, dorsal apex straight and anterior border rounded in the eye level; first supralabial not reaching nostril level; two supralabials (1+1); three infralabials; fused caudals; temporal scale indistinct; rostral triangular in dorsal view; 167–168 middorsal scales; 153 midventral scales; 13–16 subcaudal scales; 10 scales around the middle of tail; dorsum with seven dorsal scale rows uniformly brown, contrasting to the beige covering the seven scale rows of the belly (from PINTO-RICHARD et a. 2010). 
CommentKnown only from the holotype. 
EtymologyNamed after Brother Niceforo Maria (1888-1980), born Antoine Rouhaire, a French missionary in Colombia (where he used his monastic name). He went from France to Medellin (1908) and was given the task offorming a natural history museum (1913) (after Beolens et al. 2011). 
  • 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
  • Dunn, E.R. 1946. A new snake from the eastern Andes of Colombia. Caldasia, Bogotá, 4 (17): 121-122 - get paper here
  • HEDGES, S. BLAIR 2011. The type species of the threadsnake genus Tricheilostoma Jan revisited (Squamata, Leptotyphlopidae). Zootaxa 3027: 63–64 - get paper here
  • Martins, A., Koch, C., Joshi, M., Pinto, R., & Passos, P. 2021. Picking up the threads: Comparative osteology and associated cartilaginous elements for members of the genus Trilepida Hedges, 2011 (Serpentes, Leptotyphlopidae) with new insights on the Epictinae systematics. The Anatomical Record, 1– 34 - get paper here
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Pérez-Santos,C. & Moreno, A.G. 1988. Ofidios de Colombia. Museo reegionale di Scienze Naturali, Torino, Monographie VI, 517 pp.
  • Pinto, Roberta R. and Ronaldo Fernandes 2012. A New Blind Snake Species of the Genus Tricheilostoma from Espinhaço Range, Brazil and Taxonomic Status of Rena dimidiata (Jan, 1861) (Serpentes: Epictinae: Leptotyphlopidae). Copeia 2012 (1): 37-48. - get paper here
  • PINTO, ROBERTA R.; PAULO PASSOS, JOSÉ RANCES CAICEDO-PORTILLA, JUAN CAMILO ARREDONDO & RONALDO FERNANDES 2010. Taxonomy of the Threadsnakes of the tribe Epictini (Squamata: Serpentes: Leptotyphlopidae) in Colombia. Zootaxa 2724: 1–28 - 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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