Wednesday, June 3, 2015

[Herpetology • 2010] Epictia clinorostris • A New Species of Epictia (Serpentes: Leptotyphlopidae) from Central Brazil

Epictia clinorostris
Arredondo & Zaher, 2010

A new species of blindsnake is described from the gallery forests of the Brazilian Cerrado. The new species differs from all other known Brazilian species of Leptotyphlopidae by a combination of scale counts, the shape of the snout in lateral view, and color pattern. The new species most closely resembles Epictia tenella, from which it can be distinguished by the lack of contact between the supraocular and first labial scales, a higher number of mid-dorsal scales, and a sloped snout.

Keywords: Slender Blindsnake, Brazilian Cerrado, Epictini, Leptotyphlops, Scolecophidia, Squamata, Taxonomy

Juan Camilo Arredondo and Hussam Zaher. 2010. A New Species of Epictia (Serpentes: Leptotyphlopidae) from Central Brazil. South American Journal of Herpetology. 5(3):189-198. DOI: 10.2994/057.005.0304