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Anilios waitii (BOULENGER, 1895)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesBeaked Blind Snake 
SynonymTyphlops waitii BOULENGER 1895
Ramphotyphlops waitii — COGGER 1983
Ramphotyphlops waitii — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 75
Ramphotyphlops waitii — COGGER 2000: 598
Austrotyphlops waitii — WALLACH 2006
Ramphotyphlops waitii — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 422
Ramphotyphlops waitii — MARIN et al. 2013
Anilios waitii — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops waitii — COGGER 2014: 812 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: “N. W. Australia”  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.11.74 
Etymology(probably) named after Edgar Waite (1866-1929), curator at the Australian Museum from 1893, and at the South Australian Museum from 1906. For further biographical information see Williams et al. (2006). 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1895. A new Typhlops previously confounded with Typhlops unguirostris, Peters. Proc. Linn. Soc. N. S. W. (2)9: 718-719 - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Waite, E. R. 1918. Review of the Australian blind snakes. Rec. South Austral. Mus. 1: 1-34
  • Wallach, V. 2006. The nomenclatural status of Australian Ramphotyphlops (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc 42 (1): 8-24 - get paper here
  • Williams, D.; Wüster, W. & Fry, B.G. 2006. The good, the bad and the ugly: Australian snake taxonomists and a history of the taxonomy of Australia’s venomous snakes. Toxicon 48: 919–930
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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