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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesArgyrophis diardii platyventris (KHAN 1998)
Argyrophis diardii diardii (SCHLEGEL 1839) 
Common NamesE: Diard’s blindsnake
G: Diards Blindschlange 
SynonymTyphlops Diardii SCHLEGEL 1839: 39
Typhlops Diardii — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1844: 300
Argyrophis horsfieldii GRAY 1845: 137
Typhlops striolatus PETERS 1861
Typhlops diardii — GÜNTHER 1864: 174
Typhlops barmanus STOLICZKA 1872: 144
Typhlops diardi — BOULENGER 1893: 22
Typhlops tephrosoma WALL 1908: 314
Typhlops cinereus WALL 1909: 609 (preocc. by Typhlops cinereus GUERIN 1830)
Typhlops labialis WAITE 1918: 30 (fide MCDOWELL 1974)
Typhlops diardi — SMITH 1943
Typhlops diardii — COX et al. 1998: 13
Typhlops diardii — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 99
Typhlops diardii — SANG et al. 2009
Asiatyphlops diardii — HEDGES et al. 2014
Argyrophis diardii — PYRON & WALLACH 2014
Typhlops diardii — CHAN-ARD et al. 2015: 149 
DistributionIndia (Assam; Arunachal Pradesh (Miao - Changlang district, Chimpu – Papum Pare district, Tippi – East Kameng district) [A. Captain, pers. Comm.]), Nepal, Bangladesh,
Myanmar (= Burma), Vietnam, Indochina, Cambodia (NW Cardamom Mountains)
S China (Hainan, Yunnan)
W Malaysia, Thailand,
Indonesia (Nias, Weh, Sumatra, Banka)

platyventris: Pakistan (KHAN 2004)

Type locality: “Khasi Hills, Assam” (Argyrophis horsfieldii GRAY 1845)
Type locality: “banks of Ganges River, Calcutta” (Typhlops striolatus PETERS 1861)
Type locality: “near Moulmein, Myanmar (= Burma)” (Typhlops barmanus STOLICZKA (1872)
Type locality: “Shillong, Khasi Hills, Assam, India” (Typhlops tephrosoma WALL (1908)
Type locality: “Upper Assam” (Typhlops cinereus WALL (1909) 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.
 
Reproductionviviparous. 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.11.50. (GRAY 1845)
Holotype: BMNH 1946.1.11.61. (PETERS 1861) fide HAHN 1980
Holotype: ZMB 3943 (PETERS 1861) fide BAUER 1995
Holotype: Indian Museum, Calcutta (STOLICZKA (1872)
Holotype: BMNH 1946.1.11.65. WALL (1908)
Holotype: CAS 170527 (not 170526!), paratypes: MSK 0930.94; 0933.94; 060.96; 0901.93; 0932.94, "Goi Madan, District Kotli, Azad Kashmir, 33° 30'N and 74° 00'E elevation 1315 mm (sic).
Holotype: CAS 170527 [platyventris]; paratypes: ZMGC
Holotype: WAM R630 (Typhlops labialis WAITE 1918) 
CommentSynonymy: following HAHN 1980. Hahn 1980 listed Typhlops labialis WAITE 1918 as synonym of Typhlops (diardi) muelleri.

The species name was spelt with a single 'i' in the original description of Typhlops diardi platyventris KHAN 1998.

Distribution: May have been erroneously reported from Borneo, but not listed by MALKMUS et al. (2002) for Borneo. Not present there fide I. Das (pers. comm. 17 March 2013). Possibly in Bhutan (Lenz 2012). The type locality of Typhlops labialis WAITE 1918 (“Western Australia”) is probably in error as T. diardii is not known from Australia. McDowell (1974: 9) cites G. Storr, pers. comm. saying that “this specimen was registered by L. Glauert” as having “no data". Reports from Papua New Guinea are based on three specimens obtained in 1870 by an unknown collector from the Vogelkop Peninsula of northwestern New Guinea(McDowell 1974). 
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