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Myriopholis burii (BOULENGER, 1905)

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Higher TaxaLeptotyphlopidae, Leptotyphlopinae, Myriopholini, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Arabian Blind Snake, Bury’s worm snake 
SynonymGlauconia Burii BOULENGER 1905: 178
Leptotyphlops burii — CORKILL & COCHRANE 1965
Leptotyphlops blanfordi nursi — HAHN 1978: 485 (part.)
Leptotyphlops nursii — GASPERETTI 1988: 201 (part.)
Leptotyphlops burii — GASPERETTI 1988: 203
Leptotyphlops blanfordi nursi — SCHÄTTI & GASPERETTI 1994
Leptotyphlops burii — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 24
Leptotyphlops burii — BROADLEY & WALLACH 2007: 22
Myriopholis burii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 463 
DistributionSW Saudi Arabia, SW Yemen, 1350–1460 m elevation.

Type locality: El Kubar (= Al Kubar), Upper Hushabi, near Yemen frontier, Saudi Arabia  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.16.56. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Closely related to Leptotyphlops nursii, but distinguished by its larger rostral (0.62–0.68 head width, mean = 0.66) and frontal (twice the size of supraoculars) shields, occipitals never enlarged, and higher middorsal count (403–408 vs 281–378). (Broadley & Wallach 2007) 
CommentKnown from only 2 specimens fide Hahn 1978. 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of the types, Mr. G.W. Bury. 
  • Adalsteinsson, S.A.; Branch, W.R.; Trapé, S.; Vitt, L.J. & Hedges, S.B. 2009. Molecular phylogeny, classification, and biogeography of snakes of the Family Leptotyphlopidae (Reptilia, Squamata). Zootaxa 2244: 1-50 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1905. Descriptions of three new snakes discovered in South Arabia by Mr. G.W. Bury. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (7) xvi: 178-180 - get paper here
  • Broadley, Donald G. & Wallach, V. 2007. A revision of the genus Leptotyphlops in northeastern Africa and southwestern Arabia (Serpentes: Leptotyphlopidae). Zootaxa 1408: 1–78 - get paper here
  • Corkill, N. L. and Cochrane, J. A. 1966. The snakes of the Arabian Peninsula and Socotra. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 62 (3): 475-506 (1965) - get paper here
  • Egan, D. 2007. Snakes of Arabia. Motivate Publishing, Dubai, 208 pp.
  • Hahn D. E. & V. WALLACH, 1998. Comments on the systematics of Old World Leptotyphlops (Serpentes: Leptotyphlopidae), with description of a new species. Hamadryad 23: 50-62 - get paper here
  • Hahn, D.E. 1978. A brief review of the genus Leptotyphlops (Serpentes: Leptotyphlopidae) of Asia, with description of a new species. Journal of Herpetology 12 (4): 477-489 - get paper here
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Schätti, B. & Gasperetti, J. 1994. A contribution to the herpetofauna of Southwest Arabia. Fauna of Saudi Arabia 14: 348-423
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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