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Anilios hamatus (STORR, 1981)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesPale-headed Blind Snake 
SynonymRamphotyphlops hamatus STORR 1981: 251
Ramphotyphlops hamatus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 66
Ramphotyphlops hamatus — COGGER 2000: 593
Austrotyphlops hamatus — WALLACH 2006
Ramphotyphlops hamatus — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 412
Ramphotyphlops hamatus — MARIN et al. 2013
Anilios hamatus — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops hamatus — COGGER 2014: 802 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: Marandoo, 22°38’ S, 118°06’ E, W. A.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: WAM R69572 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A moderately large, moderately stout, dark blind-snake with beaked snout, 22 midbody scale rows and nasal cleft usually proceeding from second labial. Distinguishable from R. australis by transverse cutting edge on tip of snout, nasal cleft not extending on to top of head and more numerous ventrals (usually more than 340 v. usually fewer than 340). 
Comment 
Etymology 
References
  • Aplin K P. & DONNELLAN S C. 1993. A NEW SPECIES OF BLINDSNAKE (GENUS RAMPHOTYPHLOPS, TYPHLOPIDAE, SQUAMATA) FROM NORTHWESTERN WESTERN AUSTRALIA WITH A REDESCRIPTION OF RAMPHOTYPHLOPS HAMATUS STORR 1981. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 16 (2): 243-256 - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Hedges, S.B., Marion, A.B., Lipp, K.M., Marin, J. & Vidal, N. 2014. A taxonomic framework for typhlopid snakes from the Caribbean and other regions (Reptilia, Squamata). Caribbean Herpetology 49: 1–61 - get paper here
  • Marin, J., Donnellan, S.C., Hedges, S.B., Puillandre, N., Aplin, K., Doughty, P., Hutchinson, M.N., Couloux, A. & Vidal, N. 2013. Hidden species diversity of Australian burrowing snakes (Ramphotyphlops). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, doi: 10.1111/bij.12132 - 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.
  • Storr G M 1981. The genus Ramphotyphlops (Serpentes: Typhlopidae) in Western Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 9 (3): 235-271 - get paper here
  • Wallach, V. 2006. The nomenclatural status of Australian Ramphotyphlops (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc 42 (1): 8-24 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
 
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