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Amerotyphlops lehneri (ROUX, 1926)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Typhlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Estado Falcón Worm Snake 
SynonymTyphlops lehneri ROUX 1926: 298
Typhlops lehneri — DIXON & HENDRICKS 1979: 19
Typhlops lehneri — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 107
Amerotyphlops lehneri — HEDGES et al. 2014
Typhlops lehneri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 765 
DistributionVenezuela (Falcon).
Type locality: “El Pozon, Estado Faicon, Venezuela”  
TypesHolotype: NMBA (NMB Basel) 9020. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A n attenuate and diminutive Typhlops with a depressed snout and invariably 20 scale rows about the body; nasal cleft complete; dorsal scales from rostral to tail spine average 320; color pattern consists of 11 (occasionally 13) olive brown to light brown lines on a yellowish ground color, pattern sharply bicolored laterally, clear yellow below lateral dark line and beneath tail; rostral and tail spine bright yellow. (Dixon & Hendricks 1979: 19). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Ernst Lehner, a geologist, paleontologist, and naturalist employed by the North Venezuela Petroleum Company in the state of Falcon and in Trinidad.  
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