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Argyrophis bothriorhynchus (GÜNTHER, 1864)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Günther’s blind snake 
SynonymTyphlops bothriorhynchus GÜNTHER 1864: 174
Typhlops bothriorhynchus — BOULENGER 1893: 23
Typhlops bothriorhynchus — SMITH 1943: 53
Typhlops bothriorhynchus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 93
Asiatyphlops bothriorhynchus — HEDGES et al. 2014
Argyrophis bothriorhynchus — PYRON & WALLACH 2014
Typhlops bothriorhynchus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 759 
DistributionIndia (Assam), N Myanmar (Shan), NE Bangladesh

Type locality: Pinang, Malaya  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.11.59. 
DiagnosisDescription: rounded, strongly projecting; nostrils lateral. Rostral narrow, its upper portion about 1/3 the width of the head, extending to the level of the eyes; nasal nearly completely divided, the lower cIeft passing to the 2nd labial; ocular, preocular, and posterior nasal subequal in length; eye very distinct, in the ocular shield, the lower edge of which is wedged in between 3rd and 4th labials; prefrontal in contact with the rostral. A distinct but shallow depression on each side of the snout, below the nostril, the nasal cIeft passing through it: tail ending in a small spine; 24 scales round the body, the diameter of which is contained 30 times
in the total length; 300-330 transverse rows of scales (Smith 1943: 53).

Coloration: Brown above, paler below (Smith 1943: 53). 
CommentSynonymy: Has been considered as a synonym of Typhlops muelleri.

The original description is available online (see link below).

Distribution: not on Java (Indonesia) fide de Lang 2017. The type locality in Malaysia appears to be in error. In N Bangaldesh fide IUCN assessment. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1864. The Reptiles of British India. London (Taylor & Francis), xxvii + 452 pp. - get paper here
  • 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
  • Kästle , W., Rai, K. & Schleich, H.H. 2013. FIELD GUIDE to Amphibians and Reptiles of Nepal. ARCO-Nepal e.V., 625 pp. - 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.
  • Purkayastha J. 2013. An Amateur’s Guide to Reptiles of Assam. EBH Publishers (India) - get paper here
  • Pyron, R.A. & Wallach, V. 2014. Systematics of the blindsnakes (Serpentes: Scolecophidia: Typhlopoidea) based on molecular and morphological evidence. Zootaxa 3829 (1): 001–081 - get paper here
  • Sharma, R. C. 2004. Handbook Indian Snakes. AKHIL BOOKS, New Delhi, 292 pp.
  • Smith, M.A. 1943. The Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma, Including the Whole of the Indo-Chinese Sub-Region. Reptilia and Amphibia. 3 (Serpentes). Taylor and Francis, London. 583 pp.
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