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Typhlops eperopeus THOMAS & HEDGES, 2007

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Typhlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesBahoruco Blindsnake 
SynonymTyphlops eperopeus THOMAS & HEDGES 2007: 12
Typhlops eperopeus — HEDGES et al. 2014
Typhlops eperopeus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 762 
DistributionDominican Republic (from below sea level in the Valle de Neiba up to relatively high elevations in the eastern Sierra de Baoruco.)

Type locality: 3.9 km airline SSW Barahona (4.5 km S Barahona along coast road and 2.8 km inland), 18° 9.854' N, 71° 5.497' W, 305 m elevation. Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: USNM 564785 (field tag number 266250), an adult female, collected on 30 July 1999 by R. Thomas. 
CommentSympatry: In the lower elevations of its range, this species occurs sympatrically with T. pusillus and T. sulcatus (Schwartz & Henderson, 1991), and with T. proancylops in the vicinity of Puerto Escondido and Duvergé.
EtymologyEperopeus, used appositionally, is Greek for deceiver, in allusion to the deceptive morphological similarity of this species to Typhlops hectus and the other species described herein, in contrast to its presumed relationship to T. titanops based on molecular and some morphological characters. 
  • 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
  • Kornilios, P.; S. Giokas, P. Lymberakis, R. Sindaco 2013. Phylogenetic position, origin and biogeography of Palearctic and Socotran blind-snakes (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 68 (1): 35–41 - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • THOMAS R. & S.B. HEDGES 2007. Eleven new species of snakes of the genus Typhlops (Serpentes: Typhlopidae) from Hispaniola and Cuba. Zootaxa 1400: 1-26 - get paper here
  • Thomas, R. 1974. A new species of Typhlops (Serpentes: Typhlopidae) from Hispaniola. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 87:11-18. - 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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