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Acutotyphlops kunuaensis WALLACH, 1995

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesKunua Blind Snake 
SynonymAcutotyphlops kunuaensis WALLACH 1995
Acutotyphlops kunuaensis — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 54
Acutotyphlops kunuaensis — MCCOY 2006
Acutotyphlops kunuaensis — HEDGES et al. 2014
Acutotyphlops kunuaensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 8 
DistributionSolomon Islands; Papua New Guinea (Bougainville Island), 0–915 m elevation.

Type locality: Kunua, Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea (5°46’S, 154°43’E, 30 m elevation).  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 76964, a 221 mm male collected by F. Parker, 19 August 1963. 
CommentType species: Acutotyphlops kunuaensis WALLACH 1995 is the type species of the genus Acutotyphlops WALLACH 1995: 141. Erroneously given as Typhlops subocularis Waite, 1897 in WALLACH et al. 2014: 8. 
EtymologyThe generic name is a masculine noun formed from the Latin adjective acutus (pointed) and Greek noun typhlops (the blind), in reference to the acuminate (pointed) snouts of these blindsnakes. 
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  • McCoy, M. 2006. Reptiles of the Solomon Islands. Pensoft Series Faunistica 57, 212 pp.
  • McCoy, M. 2015. A Field Guide to the Reptiles of the Solomon Islands. Michael McCoy, Kuranda - 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.
  • Pyron, R.A. & Wallach, V. 2014. Systematics of the blindsnakes (Serpentes: Scolecophidia: Typhlopoidea) based on molecular and morphological evidence. Zootaxa 3829 (1): 001–081
  • Wallach, V. 1995. A new genus for the Rhamphotyphlops subocularis species group (Serpentes: Typhlopidae), with description of a new species. Asiatic Herpetological Research 6: 132-150. - get paper here
  • Wallach, V.; Brown, R.M.; Diesmos, A.C. & Gee, G.V.A. 2007. An Enigmatic New Species of Blind Snake from Luzon Island, Northern Philippines, with A Synopsis of The Genus Acutotyphlops (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Journal of Herpetology 41 (4): 690-702 - get paper here
  • 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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