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Blanus mettetali BONS, 1963

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Higher TaxaBlanidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata
Common Names 
SynonymBlanus cinereus mettetali BONS 1963
Blanus cinereus mettetali — GANS 1967: 78
Blanus mettetali — BUSACK 1988
Blanus cinereus mettelali — BRYGOO 1990: 13 (in error)
Blanus mettetali — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 468
Blanus mettetali — VACONCELOS et al. 2006 

Type locality: ‘‘Tarmilate (Oulmhs-les-Thermes), Maroc’’.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1963.1015 (by original designation). Paratype: ISCR 339.009 (‘‘Taroudannt, vallée de l’oued Souss’’) 
CommentDistribution map in VACONCELOS et al. 2006. 
EtymologyNamed after M. Mettetal, former head of the Laboratory of Animal Biology, Faculty of Sciences of Morocco. 
  • Bons JACQUES 1963. Notes sur Blanus cinereus (Vandelli) description d'une sous-espèce Marocaine: Blanus cinereus mettetali ssp. nov. Bull. Soc. Sci. Nat. Phys. Maroc, nos. 1-2: 95-107
  • Brygoo, E. R. 1990. Les types d'Amphisbaenidés, Pygopodidés, Xantusiidés (Reptiles, Sauriens) du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle - Catalogue critique. Bull. Mus. Nat. Hist. Nat. 12 (ser. 4) A (3-4), suppl.: 3-18
  • Busack, S.D. 1988. Biochemical and morphological differentiation in Spanish and Moroccan populations of Blanus and the description of a new species from northern Morocco (Reptilia, Amphisbaenia, Amphisbaenidae). Copeia 1988 (1): 101-109 - get paper here
  • Gans, Carl 1967. A check list of recent amphisbaenians (Amphisbaenia, Reptilia). Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 135:61-106.
  • LANGNER, C. 2019. Die Gattung Blanus - Doppelschleichen in Europa und rund ums Mittelmeer Elaphe 2019 (6): 22-27
  • Martínez del Mármol, Gabriel; D. James Harris, Philippe Geniez, Philip de Pous, and Daniele Salvi 2019. Amphibians and Reptiles of Morocco. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 478 pp - get paper here
  • Sampaio, Filipa L.; D. James Harris, Ana Perera and Daniele Salvi 2014. Phylogenetic and diversity patterns of Blanus worm lizards (Squamata: Amphisbaenia): insights from mitochondrial and nuclear gene genealogies and species tree. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12075 - get paper here
  • Schleich, H.H., Kästle,W., Kabisch, K. 1996. Amphibians and Reptiles of North Africa. Koeltz, Koenigstein, 627 pp.
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • Vaconcelos, Raquel; Carretero, Miguel A.; Harris, D. James 2006. Phylogeography of the genus Blanus (worm lizards) in Iberia and Morocco based on mitochondrial and nuclear markers – preliminary analysis. Amphibia-Reptilia 27 (3): 339-346 - get paper here
  • Wilms, T. 2009. Marokko - Schatzkammer in Nordwesten Afrikas. Reptilia (Münster) 14 (75): 16-23 - get paper here
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