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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Serpentes
Superfamilia: Typhlopoidea

Familia: Typhlopidae
Genus: Ramphotyphlops
Species: Ramphotyphlops adocetus

Ramphotyphlops adocetus Wynn, Reynolds, Buden, Falanruw & Lynch, 2012

Holotype: USNM 529971, an adult male, collected by Otto Sirom on 15 July 1999.

Type locality: Pasa Island, Ant Atoll, Caroline Islands, Federated States of Micronesia.

Etymology: Derived from the Greek adoketos meaning “unexpected or surprising,” in reference to the unexpected discovery of this species on a remote Pacific atoll.


Addison H. Wynn, Robert P. Reynolds, Donald W. Buden, Marjorie Falanruw & Brian Lynch. 2012: The unexpected discovery of blind snakes (Serpentes: Typhlopidae) in Micronesia: two new species of Ramphotyphlops from the Caroline Islands. Zootaxa, 3172: 39–54. Preview.

Ramphotyphlops adocetus is a species of blind snake that is endemic to Micronesia. The specific epithet adocetus (“unexpected” or “surprising”) refers to the unexpected discovery of this snake on a remote atoll.[1]

The species occurs in the Caroline Islands in the Federated States of Micronesia. The type locality is Pasa Island, Ant Atoll.[1]

"Ramphotyphlops adocetus WYNN, REYNOLDS, BUDEN, FALANRUW & LYNCH, 2012". Reptile Database. Peter Uetz and Jakob Hallermann. Retrieved 12 June 2021.


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