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Anilios nigricaudus (BOULENGER, 1895)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymTyphlops nigricauda BOULENGER 1895: 867
Anilios nigricaudus — PYRON & WALLACH 2014
Anilios nigricaudus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 40 

Type locality: "Daly River, North Australia"  
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.1.11.33 
CommentSynonymy: Status not fully resolved; previously considered a synonym of Ramphotyphlps / Anilios guentheri (e.g. by ELLIS 2016). Shea and Horner (1996) said that the eastern form may be called R. nigricauda and the western form R. guentheri. Pyron and Wallach (2014) presented some morphological data; however, there is significant overlap with the former senior synonym and the species is not presented in any phylogenetic trees or under specimens examined in their paper (Ellis 2016).

Not listed by COGGER 2014. 
EtymologyNamed after Albert Günther (1830-1914), German-born zoologist at the British Museum. 
  • Boulenger,G.A. 1895. Descriptions of a new Snake and a new Frog from North Australia. Proc. zool. Soc. London 1895: 867 - get paper here
  • Ellis, Ryan J. 2016. A New Species of Blindsnake (Scolecophidia: Typhlopidae: Anilios) from the Kimberley Region of Western Australia Herpetologica 72 (3): 271-278. - get paper here
  • Pyron, R.A. & Wallach, V. 2014. Systematics of the blindsnakes (Serpentes: Scolecophidia: Typhlopoidea) based on molecular and morphological evidence. Zootaxa 3829 (1): 001–081
  • 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]
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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