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Anilios nema (SHEA & HORNER, 1997)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymRamphotyphlops nema SHEA & HORNER 1997
Ramphotyphlops nema — COGGER 2000: 768
Austrotyphlops nema — WALLACH 2006
Ramphotyphlops nema — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 416
Anilios nema — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops nema — COGGER 2014: 807
Anilios nema — WALLACH et al. 2014: 40 
DistributionN Australia (Northern Territory: Darwin area)

Type locality: “Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT.”  
TypesHolotype: NTM R16047, 21665; 34110, collected D Low Choy 8.ii.1995. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small, slender Ramphotyphlops with 16 midbody scale rows, 520 or more ventral scales, snout bluntly rounded from above and in lateral profile, and tail concolorous with body.
CommentPublication date: While the journal says “1996” the actual publication date was actually 20 Jan 1997, indicated by a stamp inside the journal cover (Glenn Shea and Stewart Macdonald, pers. comm. 11 March 2012). 
EtymologyNamed after the classical Greek nema, a thread, alluding to the slender body, which combines the lowest midbody counts in the genus with some of the highest ventral counts. 
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Shea G M. Horner P. 1997. A new species of Ramphotyphlops (Squamata: Typhlopidae) from the Darwin Area, with notes on two similar species from northern Australia. The Beagle 13: 53-60 [1996]
  • Somaweera, R. 2009. Snakes of Darwin. Poster, University of Sydney
  • 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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