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Rhinotyphlops boylei (FITZSIMONS, 1932)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Afrotyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Boyle's Beaked Blind Snake 
SynonymTyphlops boylei FITZSIMONS 1932: 38
Rhinotyphlops boylei — WALLACH 1994
Typhlops boylei — AUERBACH 1987: 144
Rhinotyphlops boylei — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 78
Rhinotyphlops boylei — BROADLEY & WALLACH 2009
Rhinotyphlops boylei — HEDGES et al. 2014
Rhinotyphlops boylei — WALLACH et al. 2014: 653
Rhinotyphlops boylei — SCHLEICHER 2020 
DistributionNamibia, Republic of South Africa (Transvaal and S Natal to Albany district of E Cape), E Zimbabwe, Botswana.

Type locality: “Gemsbok Pan, Ghansi district, West Kalahari”  
TypesHolotype: DNMNH (= TM) 14695 (McDiarmid et al. 1999 say 4695) 
DiagnosisDescription in BROADLEY & WALLACH 2009. 
Etymologynamed after A. M. Boyle, Esq. [who “presented” the type specimens on 28th April, 1930]. 
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  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Broadley, D. & Blaylock 2013. The Snakes of Zimbabwe and Botswana. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 387 pp. [book review in Sauria 35 (2): 59 and Copeia 2014: 388] - get paper here
  • Broadley, Donald G. & Wallach, V. 2009. A review of the eastern and southern African blind-snakes (Serpentes: Typhlopidae), excluding Letheobia Cope, with the description of two new genera and a new species. Zootaxa 2255: 1-100 - get paper here
  • FitzSimons, V. 1932. Preliminary descriptions of new forms of South African Reptilia and Amphibia, from the Vernay-Lang Kalahari Expedition, 1930. Annals Transvaal Mus. 15 (1): 35-40 - get paper here
  • Fitzsimons, V. 1966. A check-list, with syntopic keys, to the snakes of southern Africa. Annals Transvaal Museum 25 (3): 35-79 - 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
  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - 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.
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2020. Reptiles of Namibia. Kuiseb Publishers, Windhoek, Namibia, 271 pp.
  • Wallach V. 1994. The status of the Indian endemic Typhlops acutus (Dumeril and Bibron) and the identity of Typhlops psittacus Werner (Reptilia, Serpentes, Typhlopidae). BULLETIN DE L'INSTITUT ROYAL DES SCIENCES NATURELLES DE BELGIQUE BIOLOGIE. 1994. vol. 64, pp. 209-229.
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