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Liotyphlops sousai MARRA-SANTOS & REIS, 2018

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Higher TaxaAnomalepididae, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymLiotyphlops sousai MARRA-SANTOS & REIS 2018
Liotyphlops sousai — NOGUEIRA et al. 2019 
DistributionBrazil (Santa Catarina)

Type locality: Brazil, Santa Catarina State, Municipality of Passos Maia, Passos Maia small hydro- eletric power plant, 26°42’14’’S, 51°55’05’’W.  
TypesHolotype: UFRGS 6274, 191.4 mm, Simone Leonardi, January 2012. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis.—Liotyphlops sousai is distinguished from all other Liotyphlops, except L. anops, L. argaleus, and L. trefauti, by having four scales contacting the posterior edge of the prefrontal (vs. three scales contacting posterior edge of prefrontal). It is distinguished from L. anops by having 24/22/20 scales around the body and 439 dorsal scales (vs. 26/ 24/24 scales around the body and 562–597 dorsal scales), and L. argaleus and L. trefauti by having two scales contacting posterior edge of nasal between second supralabial and prefrontal (vs. one scale contacting posterior edge of nasal). 
EtymologyEpithet in honor of the Brazilian Army Colonel Fernando Machado de Sousa (January 11, 1822–December 6, 1868), recognized as the greatest military hero of the State of Santa Catarina, Brazil. 
  • Marra-Santos, Fidélis Júnio and Roberto E. Reis 2018. Two New Blind Snake Species of the Genus Liotyphlops (Serpentes: Anomalepididae), from Central and South Brazil. Copeia 106 (3): 507-514 - get paper here
  • Nogueira, Cristiano C.; Antonio J.S. Argôlo, Vanesa Arzamendia, Josué A. Azevedo,<br />Fausto E. Barbo, Renato S. Bérnils, Bruna E. Bolochio, Marcio Borges-Martins,<br />Marcela Brasil-Godinho, Henrique Braz, Marcus A. Buononato, Diego F. Cisneros 2019. Atlas of Brazilian snakes: verified point-locality maps to mitigate the Wallacean shortfall in a megadiverse snake fauna. South American J. Herp. 14 (Special Issue 1):1-274 - get paper here
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