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Anilios leucoproctus (BOULENGER, 1889)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: White-tailed blindsnake 
SynonymTyphlops leucoproctus BOULENGER 1889: 361
Typhlops leucoproctus — BOULENGER 1893: 20
Typhlops leucoproctus — DE ROOIJ 1917: 11
Typhlina (?) leucoprocta — MCDOWELL 1974: 29
Ramphotyphlops leucoproctus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 67
Ramphotyphlops leucoproctus — COGGER 2000: 593
Ramphotyphlops leucoproctus — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Anilios leucoproctus — HEDGES et al. 2014
Anilios leucoproctus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 39
Ramphotyphlops leucoproctus — COGGER 2014: 804 
DistributionS Papua New Guinea
Australia (Queensland)

Type locality: Fly River, Western Province (1946.1.11.84), other syntypes from Murray Island, Torres Street, Australia (BMNH 1946.1.10.58-60); Queensland, Australia (1946.1.11.97) [fide O’Shea 1996].  
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.1.11.84, formerly BMNH, collected by Rev. S. Macfarlane. Lectotype designation by Wells & Wellington 1985 
EtymologyPresumably named after the Greek leukos (white) plus proktos (anus), in allusion to the white patch at the vent. (G. Shea, pers. comm., 9 Feb 2024) 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1889. Descriptions of new Typhlopidæ in the British Museum. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 4: 360-363 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • de Rooij, N. DE 1917. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Il. Ophidia. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 334 S. - get paper here
  • 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
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • McDowell, S. B. 1974. A catalogue of the snakes of New Guinea and the Solomons, with special reference to those in the Bernice P. Bishop Museum. Part l. Scolecophidia. Journal of Herpetology 8 (1): 1-57 - get paper here
  • O'Shea,M. 1996. A Guide to the Snakes of Papua New Guinea. Independent Publishing, Port Moresby, xii + 239 pp. - 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.
  • Werner, F. 1899. Ueber Reptilien und Batrachier aus Togoland, Kamerun und Deutsch-Neu-Guinea grösstentheils aus dem k. Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. Verhandlungen der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 49: 132-157 - 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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