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Cubatyphlops perimychus (THOMAS & HEDGES, 2007)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Typhlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Guantanamo Bay Blindsnake 
SynonymTyphlops perimychus THOMAS & HEDGES 2007: 15
Cubatyphlops perimychus — HEDGES et al. 2014
Typhlops perimychus — PYRON & WALLACH 2014
Cubatyphlops perimychus — NAGY et al. 2015
Typhlops perimychus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 768 
DistributionE Cuba (eastern [“windward”] side of the U. S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay).

Type locality: Blue Beach, U. S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 5 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 564800 (field tag number 161982), collected on 22 March 1987 by S. B. Hedges and C. A. Hass. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A moderately large species of the Typhlops biminiensis Group differing from T. biminiensis in having a rostral with an acuminate posterior edge, not broadly rounded. Also, the rostral has parallel sides and is not indented at the apex of the snout (Fig. 8 in THOMAS & HEDGES 2007). Typhlops perimychus additionally differs from T. biminiensis in having a more protuberant snout (NE) and a larger preocular apical diameter (PD), as noted above (Figs. 10A–10C). Diagnostic characters distinguishing this species from the other Cuban species will be discussed below as those species are described. 
EtymologyFrom the Greek, peri (around, near) and mychos (bay) in allusion to the distribution of the species, next to Guantánamo Bay. 
  • Bakkegard, K. 2022. The amphibians and reptiles of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: An updated checklist and notes on conservation status and occurrence. Reptiles & Amphibians, 29(1), 446-460 - get paper here
  • DOMÍNGUEZ, MICHEL & LUIS V. MORENO 2009. Taxonomy of the Cuban blind snakes (Scolecophidia, Typhlopidae), with the description of a new large species. Zootaxa 2028: 59-66 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rodríguez Schettino, Lourdes, Carlos A. Mancina & Vilma Rivalta González 2013. REPTILES OF CUBA: CHECKLIST AND GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTIONS. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (144): 1-96 - 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
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