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Anilios zonula ELLIS, 2016

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: West Kimberley Blindsnake 
SynonymAnilios zonula ELLIS 2016 
DistributionAustralia (Storr Island, Augustus Island, Western Australia)

Type locality: Storr Island, Western Australia, Australia (15°57’8.71’’S, 124°33’49.54’’E; datum = WGS84. Map legend:
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TypesHolotype. WAM R171667 (Fig. 1), adult female, collected on 20 May 2009 by V. Kessner. Fixed in 10% formalin, stored in 70% ethanol at WAM.
Paratype.—WAM R106250, subadult female collected from Augustus Island, Western Australia, Australia (15816012.0000S, 124833028.8000E), on 12 July 1990 by A. Sanders. Fixed in 10% formalin, stored in 70% ethanol at WAM. 
CommentHabitat: Both specimens were collected from under sandstone rocks. R171667 was collected from a rocky slope in a vine thicket (Ellis 2016: 276). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is from the Latin word zo ̄nula meaning ‘‘little belt,’’ in reference to the narrow and slender appearance of the species. Used as a noun in apposition. 
  • Ellis, Ryan J. 2016. A New Species of Blindsnake (Scolecophidia: Typhlopidae: Anilios) from the Kimberley Region of Western Australia Herpetologica 72 (3): 271-278. - get paper here
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