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Published: 2021-06-03

It is high time that taxonomists follow the Code. 2. The Virgotyphlops case (Serpentes, Typhlopidae

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Institut de Systématique, Évolution, Biodiversité, ISYEB - UMR 7205 - CNRS, MNHN, UPMC, EPHE, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Sorbonne Université, 57 rue Cuvier, CP 30, F-75005, Paris, France
Serpentes Typhlopidae


Wallach (2020a: 10) erected a new genus Virgotyphlops for the typhlopid snake species Eryx braminus Daudin, 1803, which had previously been referred by Hedges et al. (2014) to their genus Indotyphlops. Unfortunately, this new generic nomen is nomenclaturally unavailable, and should therefore not be used as valid as long as it has not been properly published.


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