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Correspondence
Published: 2021-06-03

The authorship and date of the generic nomen Typhlops and of the familial nomen Typhlopidae (Serpentes)

Association RACINE, 5 allée des Cygnes, 35750 Saint Maugan, France
Institut de Systématique, Évolution, Biodiversité (ISYEB), Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Sorbonne Université, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Université des Antilles, CNRS, 57 rue Cuvier, CP 30, F-75005 Paris, France
Serpentes

Abstract

The snake generic nomen Typhlops was derived from the Greek words τυφλός (tuphlós), ‘blind’ and ὤψ (ops), ‘eye, face’. In the herpetological and taxonomic literature and databases, there are two competing opinions regarding the authorship and date of this generic nomen: either Schneider (1801) or Oppel (1811).

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