Anilios splendidus (APLIN, 1998)
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|Higher Taxa||Typhlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Rhamphotyphlops 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
|Distribution||NW Australia (North West Cape)|
Type locality: Milyering Well, Cape Range National Park, Western Australia, 22°01'S, 113°56'E.
|Types||Holotype: 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.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: 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].|
Coloration: In life, dorsal surface of head, body and tail dull grey, abruptly differentiated from all-white venter along jagged boundary (scales along boundary are unicoloured: all-grey or all-white). On body/ number of pigmented scale rows 8-9/ remaining 11-12 rows immaculate. On neck/ pigmented band reduced to 6-7 rows; 13-14 rows immaculate. Dorsum of head pigmented/ terminating just forward of eyes. Subocular region and whole of snout unpigmented (see Figure 3a-b). Undersurface and tip of tail immaculate [from APLIN 1998].
|Etymology||Splendidus (Latin): magnificent!|
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