Xenotyphlops grandidieri (MOCQUARD, 1905)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Xenotyphlops grandidieri?
|Higher Taxa||Xenotyphlopidae, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Typhlops grandidieri MOCQUARD 1905: 286|
Typhlops grandidieri — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 349
Xenotyphlops grandidieri — WALLACH & INEICH 1996
Xenotyphlops grandidieri — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 127
Xenotyphlops mocquardi WALLACH, MERCURIO & ANDREONE 2007
Xenotyphlops mocquardi — VIDAL et al. 2010
Xenotyphlops grandidieri — VIDAL et al. 2010
Type locality: “Madagascar”
mocquardi: Madagascar. Type locality: Ambodivahibe (approximately 12 km SE Antsiranana), Antsiranana Fivondronana, Antsiranana Faritany, 22°23’25”S, 49°26’20”E, elevation ca. 40 m.
|Types||Syntypes: MNHN 05-271 & 05-272.|
Holotype: MRSN R3208 (field no. FAZC 13182), an adult female collected by V. Mercurio, on 14 January 2005 [mocquardi]
|Comment||Synonymy: Xenotyphlops mocquardi was synonymized with X. grandidieri by Wegener et al. 2013.|
This bizarre scolecophidian has been known solely from the type specimens for more than 100 years. No precise locality is known for X. grandidieri proper. However, after the synonymization with X. mocquardi Wegener et al. 2013 described its distribution in more detail.
Type species: Typhlops grandidieri MOCQUARD 1905 is the type species of the genus Xenotyphlops WALLACH & INEICH 1996. The genus is also the type genus of the family Xenotyphlopidae VIDAL et al. 2010.
|Etymology||Xenotyphlops mocquardi was named after François Mocquard (1834–1917), the herpetologist who described Xenotyphlops grandidieri. During his life Mocquard contributed in a substantial way to the knowledge of Malagasy herpetofauna (Glaw & Vences, 1994), culminating in his grand systematic synopsis (Mocquard, 1909).|