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Afrotyphlops calabresii (GANS & LAURENT, 1965)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Afrotyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Calabresi’s blind-snake 
SynonymTyphlops cuneirostris calabresii GANS & LAURENT 1965: 54
Typhlops cuneirostris calabresi — ROUX-ESTÈVE 1974
Typhlops calabresii — BROADLEY & WALLACH 2009
Afrotyphlops calabresii — HEDGES et al. 2014
Madatyphlops calabresii — PYRON & WALLACH 2014
Afrotyphlops calabresii — NAGY et al. 2015
Afrotyphlops calabresii — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 345
Typhlops calabresii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 759 
DistributionNW Somalia, adjacent Ethiopia, E Kenya (elevation 200-1065 m)

Type locality: “56 miles from Hargeisa, on Berbera road, Northern Territory, Somali Republic” [= 56 mi. NE Hargesia, Somalia].  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 74465, collected by C.F. Hemming, December 1961 
DiagnosisDescription in BROADLEY & WALLACH 2009. 
  • Broadley, Donald G. & Wallach, V. 2009. A review of the eastern and southern African blind-snakes (Serpentes: Typhlopidae), excluding Letheobia Cope, with the description of two new genera and a new species. Zootaxa 2255: 1-100 - get paper here
  • Gans, C.; LAURENT, R.F. & PANDIT, H. 1965. Notes on a herpetological collection from the Somali Republic. Ann. Mus. Roy. Afr. Centr., Sér. 8vo, Tervuren, (80) Zool., (134): 1-93
  • 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
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 694 pp.
  • NAGY, ZOLTÁN T.; ANGELA B. MARION, FRANK GLAW, AURÉLIEN MIRALLES,<br />JOACHIM NOPPER, MIGUEL VENCES & S. BLAIR HEDGES 2015. Molecular systematics and undescribed diversity of Madagascan scolecophidian snakes (Squamata: Serpentes). Zootaxa 4040 (1): 031–047 - get paper here
  • Pyron, R.A. & Wallach, V. 2014. Systematics of the blindsnakes (Serpentes: Scolecophidia: Typhlopoidea) based on molecular and morphological evidence. Zootaxa 3829 (1): 001–081 - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
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