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Typhlops sylleptor THOMAS & HEDGES, 2007

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Typhlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesPestel Blindsnake 
SynonymTyphlops sylleptor THOMAS & HEDGES 2007: 10
Typhlops sylleptor — HEDGES et al. 2014
Typhlops sylleptor — WALLACH et al. 2014: 772 
DistributionHaiti (karst region between Baradères and Pestel in low but hilly, mesic habitat (375–420 m elevation).

Type locality: 8.0 km WSW Baradères, Dépt. de la Grande Anse, Haiti, 420 m elevation. Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: USNM 564804 (field tag number 192317), collected 7 June 1991, by M. Leal and R. Thomas. 
EtymologyFrom the Greek, sylleptor, meaning a companion, in reference to the other 20-row Typhlops of similar morphology found on the distal part of the Tiburon Peninsula. 
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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