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Madatyphlops andasibensis (WALLACH & GLAW, 2009)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Madatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Andasibe Blind Snake 
SynonymTyphlops andasibensis WALLACH & GLAW 2009
Typhlops cf. domerguei — GLAW & VENCES 1994: fig. 357
Typhlops sp. “Andasibe” — GLAW & VENCES 2007: 445, fig. 8
Typhlops andasibensis — BÖHME 2014: 159
Madatyphlops andasibensis — HEDGES et al. 2014
Typhlops andasibensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 758 
DistributionCE Madagascar (forests along the road between the Hotel "Feonnyala" and the train station of Andasibe)

Type locality: near Andasibe (= Perinet), 18°56.169'S, 48°24.734'E, 939 m elevation, central eastern Madagascar.  
TypesHolotype: ZSM 54/2005 (field number ZCMV 2255 = zoological collection Miguel Vences 2255), an adult female, collected on 23-26 February 2005, in pitfall lines installed by the NGO "Mitsinjo" and its president Rainer Dolch. Paratype: ZFMK 59787. adult female. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Typhlops andasibensis sp. nov. can be distinguished from all other Typhlops by the combination of 26 midbody scale rows, 373–381 total middorsal scales, a slightly trilobed snout in dorsal profile, a rounded snout in lateral profile, a T–V supralabial imbrication pattern, transversely enlarged frontal, postfrontal and interparietal scales, inferior nasal suture contacting second supralabial, and an incomplete superior nasal suture. Within Madagascar, T. andasibensis sp. nov. can be separated from all other typhlopids by the combination of 26 midbody scale rows, less than 400 middorsals, and a T–V supralabial imbrication pattern. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet refers to the type locality. 
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 2007. A field guide to the amphibians and reptiles of Madagascar. 3rd edition. Vences and Glaw Verlag, Cologne, 496 pp.
  • 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
  • Wallach, V. & Glaw, F. 2009. A new mid-altitude rainforest species of Typhlops (Serpentes: Typhlopidae) from Madagascar with notes on the taxonomic status of T. boettgeri Boulenger, T. microcephalus Werner, and T. capensis Rendahl. Zootaxa 2294: 23–38 - get paper here
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