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Indotyphlops filiformis (DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1844)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: File Worm Snake 
SynonymTyphlops filiformis DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1844 : 307
Typhlops (Typhlops) filiformis — JAN 1863: 11
Typhlops filiformis — BOULENGER 1893: 29
Typhlops fletcheri WALL 1919
Typhlops filiformis (incertae sedis)— MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 125
Typhlops filiformis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 762
Indotyphlops filiformis — HEDGES et al. 2014 
DistributionSouth Asia

Type locality: "Nous ignorons de quel pays provient cette espece" [Unknown].  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 0929 (Duméril and Bibron 1844) 
CommentStatus unclear. Might be a synonym of T. porrectus (V. Wallach, pers. comm.); clarification has to await further examination of types. [a valid species and senior synonym of porrectus, the type series of which is composite--at least two taxa. A. Wynn is studying the situation, and we both examined the type of filiformis]
Distribution unknown (according to HAHN 1980), but probably South Asia (V. Wallach, pers. comm.). 
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  • Duméril, A. M. C. and G. Bibron. 1844. Erpetologie Générale ou Histoire Naturelle Complete des Reptiles. Vol.6. Libr. Encyclopédique Roret, Paris, 609 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
  • Jan, G. 1863. Elenco Sistematico degli Ofidi descriti e disegnati per l'Iconografia Generale. Milano, A. Lombardi. vii + 143 pp. - get paper here
  • Jan, G. 1864. Iconographie générale des ophidiens. 3. Livraison. J.B. Bailière et Fils, Paris - get paper here
  • Jan, G. 1865. Iconographie générale des ophidiens. 9. Livraison. J.B. Bailière et Fils, Paris [1864] - 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.
  • Ukuwela, K.D.B., de Silva, A., Sivaruban, A. et al. 2022. Diversity, distribution, and natural history of the marine snakes of Sri Lanka. Marine Biodiversity 52, 24 (2022) - get paper here
  • Wallach, V. & Pauwels, OS.G. 2004. Typhlops lazelli, a new species of Chinese blindsnake from Hong Kong (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Breviora (512): 1-21 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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