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Anilios splendidus (APLIN, 1998)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymRhamphotyphlops splendidus APLIN 1998
Ramphotyphlops splendidus — COGGER 2000: 769
Austrotyphlops splendidus — WALLACH 2006
Ramphotyphlops splendidus — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 420
Anilios splendidus — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops splendidus — COGGER 2014: 810
Anilios splendidus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 41 
DistributionNW Australia (North West Cape)

Type locality: Milyering Well, Cape Range National Park, Western Australia, 22°01'S, 113°56'E.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R119900, Western Australian Museum, adult female collected on 3 April 1995 by Tom and Nancy Heger at the Ranger's residence. Heart and liver frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored in -80°C ultrafreeze at the Western Australian Museum. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A moderately elongate and stout-bodied Ramphotyphlops with 20 midbody scale rows, moderate number of vertebral scales (377), rostrum angular in profile and weakly trilobate in dorsal view, nasal cleft intersecting second labial and terminating just forward of the nostrit and grey dorsum clearly demarcated from white venter [from APLIN 1998]. 
EtymologySplendidus (Latin): magnificent! 
  • Aplin, K. P. 1998. Three new blindsnakes (Squamata: Typhlopidae) from northwestern Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 19 (1): 1-12 - 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.
  • 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
  • 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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