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Anilios waitii (BOULENGER, 1895)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Beaked Blind Snake 
SynonymTyphlops waitii BOULENGER 1895
Ramphotyphlops waitii — STORR 1981: 265
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
Anilios waitii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 42
Anilios waitii — TIATRAGUL et la. 2023 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: “N. W. Australia”  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.11.74, (formerly 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A large, very slender, strongly beaked blind-snake with 20 midbody scale rows and nasal cleft usually proceeding from second labial. Further distinguishable from R. bituberculatus by more numerous ventrals (more than 500 v. fewer than 500) and snout not strongly trilobed. 
EtymologyApparently 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. New South Wales (2)9: 718-719 - 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
  • 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, 50, 1899–1913 - get paper here
  • Waite, E. R. 1918. Review of the Australian blind snakes. Rec. South Austral. Mus. 1: 1-34 - 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
  • 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 - 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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