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Anilios silvia (INGRAM & COVACEVICH, 1993)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Great Sandy Blind Snake, Sylvia's Blind Snake 
SynonymRamphotyphlops silvia INGRAM & COVACEVICH 1993
Ramphotyphlops silvia — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 73
Ramphotyphlops silvia — COGGER 2000: 769
Austrotyphlops silvia — WALLACH 2006
Ramphotyphlops silvia — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 420
Ramphotyphlops silvia — MARIN et al. 2013
Anilios silvia — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops silvia — COGGER 2014: 810
Anilios silvia — WALLACH et al. 2014: 41
Anilios silvia — TIATRAGUL et la. 2023 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: "Seary's Scrub, Cooloola NP (25°58'S, 153°0TE), SEQ" [Queensland, Australia].  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: QM J27387.
Paratypes: (n=9) J31579 Fraser Is., NP HQ; J3 1576-7 Fraser Is. NP, HQ on ‘A’ rd; J35872 Tuan SF, Firetower 6; J27386 Seary’s Scrub, Cooloola NP; J43785 Cooloola NP; J23620 Cooloola, on Freshwater rd, 5km from junction; J46128 Pomona, 25km N, on rd to Rainbow Beach; J8521 Nambour. All localities in SE Queensland. 
Diagnosis 
CommentType species: Ramphotyphlops sylvia Ingram & Covacevich 1993 is the type species of the subgenus Silvatyphlops Hoser 2013: 48 (subgenus of Libertadictus Wells & Wellington 1984), both synonyms of Anilios (fide SHEA 2015). 
EtymologyNamed after Hannah Sylvia Ingram, the mother of one of the senior author and Rhea Sylvia, mother of Romulus and Remus. 
References
  • 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
  • Ingram G J; Covacevich J A 1993. Two new species of striped blindsnakes. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 34 (1): 181-184 - 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.
  • Tiatragul, S., Skeels, A., & Keogh, J. S. 2023. Paleoenvironmental models for Australia and the impact of aridification on blindsnake diversification. Journal of Biogeography - get paper here
  • Ukuwela, K.D.B., de Silva, A., Sivaruban, A. et al. 2022. Diversity, distribution, and natural history of the marine snakes of Sri Lanka. Marine Biodiversity 52, 24 (2022) - 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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