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Indotyphlops tenuicollis (PETERS, 1864)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Samagutin Worm Snake 
SynonymOnychocephalus (Ophthalmidion) tenuicollis PETERS 1864
Typhlops theobaldianus STOLICZKA 1871: 429
Typhlops theobaldanus [sic] STOLICZKA 1871: 191
Typhlops tenuicollis — THEOBALD 1876
Typhlops theobaldianus — BOULENGER 1893: 26
Typhlops tenuicollis — BOULENGER 1893: 37
Typhlops tenuicollis — SMITH 1943: 50
Typhlops tenuicollis — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 121
Typhlops tenuicollis — DAS 2003
Asiatyphlops tenuicollis — HEDGES et al. 2014
Indotyphlops tenuicollis — PYRON & WALLACH 2014
Typhlops tenuicollis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 772 
DistributionIndia (Naga Hills, Assam), Myanmar

Type locality: “angeblich aus dem Himalaya”  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 5042 
DiagnosisDescription: Snout broadly rounded, strongly projecting; nostrils lateral. Rostral half as broad as the head, extending to the level of the ocular shields; nasal incompletely divided, no upper suture, the lower passing to the 1st labial; ocular shorter than the preocular, posterior nasal longer than both; eye not or just distinguishable; lower edge of ocular shield wedged in between 3rd and 4th labials; supraocular twice as broad as long; prefrontaI in contact with the rostral; tail ending in a point; 22 scales round the body, the diameter of which is contained 65-70 times in the total length; 480- 520 transverse rows of scales (Smith 1943: 51). 
CommentSynonymy: following Smith 1943. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Das, Indraneil 2003. Growth of Knowledge on the Reptiles of India, with an Introduction to Systematics, Taxonomy and Nomenclature. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 100 (2-3): 446-502 - 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.
  • Peters, W. 1864. Über neue Amphibien (Typhloscincus, Typhlops, Asthenodipsas, Ogmodon). Mber. k. preuss. Akad. Wiss.,Berlin: 271-276. - 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.
  • Stoliczka, F. 1871. Notes on some Indian and Burmese Ophidians. [abstract] J. asiat. Soc. Bengal, Calcutta, 40: 191-192 (main paper as 421-445) - get paper here
  • Stoliczka,F. 1871. Notes on some Indian and Burmese Ophidians. Proc. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 1871: 191-192 - get paper here
  • Theobald,W. 1876. Descriptive catalogue of the reptiles of British India. Thacker, Spink & Co., Calcutta: xiii + 238 pp. - get paper here
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