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Anilios chamodracaena (INGRAM & COVACEVICH, 1993)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Cape York Striped Blind Snake 
SynonymRamphotyphlops chamodracaena INGRAM & COVACEVICH 1993
Ramphotyphlops chamodracaena — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 62
Ramphotyphlops chamodracaena — COGGER 2000: 767
Austrotyphlops chamodracaena — WALLACH 2006
Ramphotyphlops chamodracaena — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 410
Anilios chamodracaena — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops chamodracaena — COGGER 2014: 799
Anilios chamodracaena — WALLACH et al. 2014: 37 
DistributionAustralia (N Queensland)

Type locality: "N Camp 'Beagle', ca. 40 km N Aurukun (13° 05' S, 141° 59' E), Cape York Peninsula."  
TypesHolotype: QM J40233, collected G. Ingram & P. Webber, 18.iii.1982; Paratypes: (n=7) J31963 Weipa, Andoom Mine; J41550 Weipa; R91631 Rocky Pt, Weipa; R93164 Weipa; J28082 Lockhart R. Settlement; J39673 N Camp ‘Beagle’, 15km from camp on rd to Watson R.; J51980 Inkerman Stn. All localities are on Cape York Peninsula. 
EtymologyChamodracaena (earth snake) was one of the 12 1/2 names of the female demon Gello (in Greek mythology, is a female demon or revenant who threatens the reproductive cycle by causing infertility, miscarriage, and infant mortality.) Its reference to the species is not clear, perhaps the nature of the species being fossorial (adapted for burrowing).
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  • 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. 2006. The nomenclatural status of Australian Ramphotyphlops (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 42 (1): 8-24 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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