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Anilios torresianus (BOULENGER, 1889)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesTorres Strait Blindsnake, (was: Southern New Guinea blindsnake) 
SynonymTyphlops torresianus BOULENGER 1889: 362
Typhlops torresianus — BOULENGER 1893: 34
Ramphotyphlops torresianus - ROBB 1966: 676
Ramphotyphlops polygrammicus — COGGER 2000: 596
Ramphotyphlops polygrammicus — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 418
Anilios torresianus — HEDGES et al. 2014 
DistributionS New Guinea
Australia (Queensland)

Type locality: Murray Island, Queensland Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: RMNH 3712
Holotype: SMF 16669 [elberti]
Holotype: SMF 22092 [undecimlineata] 
CommentSynonymy: preliminary; note that this species used to be called Typhlops polygrammicus (e.g. by WALLACH et al. 2014: 40) until HEDGES et al. 2014 split it off from what is now called Anilios polygrammicus. In other words, Anilios torresianus are the Australian and Papuan populations of the former Typhlops polygrammicus. The Lesser Sunda populations are now called Sundatyphlops polygrammicus. 
References
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