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Liotyphlops taylori MARRA-SANTOS & REIS, 2018

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

Type locality: Brazil, Mato Grosso state, Municipality of Porto Estrela, Serra das Araras Ecological Station, 15°38’31’’S, 57°11’23’’W  
Reproductionoviparous (manual imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: MZUSP-S 14975, 239.4 mm, Cristiano Nogueira, 22 October 2002. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Liotyphlops taylori is distinguished from all other Liotyphlops by having two infralabials. It is further distinguished from congeners, except L. albirostris, L. caissara, L. haadi, and L. wilderi, by having two infralabials and two scales contacting posterior edge of nasal between second supralabial and prefrontal (vs. three infralabials and one scale contacting posterior edge of nasal between second supralabial and prefrontal), and from L. beui, L. schubarti, and L. ternetzii by having two infralabials (vs. three infralabials). 
EtymologyNamed in honor of Edward Harrison Taylor (April 23, 1889–June 16, 1978), American herpetologist who described the family Anomalepididae. 
  • 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, Fausto E. Barbo, Renato S. Bérnils, Bruna E. Bolochio, Marcio Borges-Martins, Marcela Brasil-Godinho, Henrique Braz, Marcus A. Buononato, Diego F. Cisneros-Heredia, 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
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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