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Typhlops leptolepis DOMINGUEZ, FONG & ITURRIAGA, 2013

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Typhlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymTyphlops leptolepis DOMINGUEZ, FONG & ITURRIAGA 2013
Typhlops leptolepis — HEDGES et al. 2014 
DistributionE Cuba (Holgin, Granma)

Type locality: Altiplanicie del Toldo (20°27'33''N, 74°53'60'' W, 830 m elevation), Moa Municipality, Holguín Province, Cuba Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: CZACC 4.5395 (field number AFG 303; Fig. 1) collected by A. Fong, N. Viña Dávila, and N. Viña Bayés on 5.X.1996. Paratypes. CZACC 4.5388 collected by L.F. de Armas and L. Echenique on 17.II.1996. CZACC 4.5396 (AFG 379) (20°28'27"N, 74°53'32"W, 860 m elevation) collected by A. Fong and G. Garcés on 24.II.1997. CZACC 4.5528 (20o28'N, 74o54' W, approximately 830 m elevation) collected by L.F. de Armas on 16.III.1996. BSC.H 756–57 (AFG 293–94) (20o27'33''N, 74o53'60'' W, 830 m elevation) collected by N. Viña Bayés and A. Fong on 2.X.1996. BSC.H 759 (AFG 329; Fig. 2) (20o28' N, 74o54' W, 900 m elevation) and BSC.H 899 (AFG 451) (20o27'N, 74o53' W, 860 m elevation) collected by A. Fong and N. Viña Dávila on 18.X.1996 and 14.III.1997, respectively. BSC.H 884 (AFG 421) (20o27'17'' N, 74o53'53'' W, 810 m elevation) and BSC.H 1068 (AFG 522) (20o27'08'' N, 74o53'58'' W, 820 m elevation) collected by A. Fong on 6.III.1997 and 16.VI.1997, respectively. BSC.H 860 (AFG 378) (20o27'08'' N, 74o53'58'' W, 820 m elevation) collected by G. Garcés and A. Fong on 21.II.1997. BSC.H 1048 (AFG 504) (20o27'49'' N, 74o54'75'' W, 900 m elevation) collected by A. Fong and L.O. Melián on 11.VI.1997. MNCN 45491 (20o28'38.4'' N, 74o53'20.4'' W, 871 m elevation) collected by Jorgelino Damez Diez (nickname Canelo) on 21.III.2012. All specimens collected in same locality as holotype. CZACC 4.5389–5390 from La Vigía, Sierra del Cristal, Frank País Municipality, Holguín Province, Cuba, collected by M. Martínez Reyes on VIII.1998 and IX.1999, respectively. BSC.H 1307–08 (AFG 729–30) from cabezadas del río Jaguaní (20o28'32'' N, 74o55'19'' W, 800 m elevation), Sierra de Moa, Moa Municipality, Holguín Province, Cuba collected by A. Fong on 22.XI.1997. 
EtymologyIn Greek lepto = narrow and lepis = scale, in allusion to distinctive rostral pattern in dorsal view. 
  • DOMÍNGUEZ, MICHEL; ANSEL FONG G. & MANUEL ITURRIAGA 2013. A new blind snake (Typhlopidae) from Northeastern Cuba. Zootaxa 3681: 136–146 - 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
  • Iturriaga, Manuel. 2015. Geographic Distribution: Typhlops leptolepis. Herpetological Review 46 (3): 387
  • Rodríguez Schettino, Lourdes, Carlos A. Mancina & Vilma Rivalta González 2013. REPTILES OF CUBA: CHECKLIST AND GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTIONS. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (144): 1-96 - get paper here
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