Anilios leptosomus (ROBB, 1972)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Anilios leptosomus?
|Higher Taxa||Typhlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||Murchison Blind Snake|
|Synonym||Ramphotyphlops leptosomus ROBB 1972: 39|
Typhlina leptosoma — HAHN 1980
Ramphotyphlops leptosomus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 67
Ramphotyphlops leptosoma — COGGER 2000: 593
Austrotyphlops leptosomus — WALLACH 2006
Ramphotyphlops leptosomus — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 414
Ramphotyphlops leptosomus — MARIN et al. 2013
Anilios leptosomus — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops leptosoma — COGGER 2014: 804
Anilios leptosoma — ELLIS et al. 2017
|Distribution||Australia (Western Australia)|
Type locality: “The Loop”, lower Murchison River, Western Australia (27°33'S; 114°28'E) Map legend:
- Type locality.
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Types||Holotype: WAM R29623, adult male; Paratype. WAM R29624, from ‘The Loop’, lower Murchison River, 35 km north-east of Kalbarri (27°33'S; 114°28'E) Western Australia, September 1967.|
|Comment||Habitat: specimens were collected from habitats supporting loose sands or loam substrates of various colour. One specimen was collected in open mallee woodland with Banksia ashbyi to 5 m with a canopy cover of less than 10% over Spinifex longifolius and mixed small to medium shrubs to 1.5 m with cover ranging from 30–70%, from soil below a clump of spinifex (R66343). One specimen was collected from amongst the roots of spinifex in a burnt eucalypt woodland on red soil (R57545) and another was found in a mallee woodland with low Acacia on yellowish-brown sand. Specimens from Binnu were raked from red sandy loam spoil heaps in Acacia and Casuarina shrubland (R146454–56, R146459). Two specimens (R55038 and R55039) were collected from under a cement slab at Wooramel homestead garden [Ellis et al. 2017].|
|Etymology||Derived from the Greek words leptos meaning fine or thin and soma meaning body in reference to the thin thread-like appearance of the species. The amendment to the specific epithet to A. ‘leptosomus’ by McDiarmid et al. (1999) and subsequently accepted by other authors (Hedges et al. 2014; Pyron & Wallach 2014; Wallach et al. 2014) is not warranted (Shea 2015). As Robb (1972) did not state explicitly the use of the word ‘soma’ as a noun or adjective, it is to be treated as a noun and does not change from A. leptosoma with the resurrection of Anilios by Hedges et al. (2014). However, note that Shea 2015 concluded that Anilios is male.|
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