Epictia fallax (PETERS, 1858)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Epictia fallax?
|Higher Taxa||Leptotyphlopidae, Epictinae, Epictini, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Black Blind Snake|
|Synonym||Stenostoma fallax PETERS 1858|
Epictia fallax — NATERA-MUMAW et al. 2015: 294
|Distribution||Venezuela (Anzoátegui, Aragua, Carabobo, Falcón, Distrito Capital, Nueva Esparta, Sucre, Vargas y Yaracuy)|
Type locality: “Laguayra”
|Types||Holotype: ZMB 9550|
|Comment||Synonymy: Natera-Mumaw et al. (2016) removed Stenostoma fallax Peters from the synonymy of E. goudotii and recognized E. fallax as the name for the population occurring in northern Venezuela. Wallach 2016: 315 agrees with this assessment; however, he had only one specimen for his analysis and no molecular analysis seems to have been done.|
Distribution: see map 59 in NATERA-MUMAW et al. 2015.
|Etymology||A Latin adjective meaning ‘deceptive’ or ‘fallacious’ in the neutral nominative, with unclear justification.|