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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Northern Blind Snake 
SynonymTyphlops diversus WAITE 1894: 10
Ramphotyphlops diversus — ROBB 1966: 676
Typhlina diversa — MCDOWELL 1974: 21
Ramphotyphlops diversus diversus — STORR 1981: 245
Ramphotyphlops diversus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 64
Ramphotyphlops diversus — COGGER 2000: 592
Austrotyphlops diversus — WALLACH 2006
Ramphotyphlops diversus — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 410
Ramphotyphlops diversus — MARIN et al. 2013
Anilios diversus — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops diversus — COGGER 2014: 800
Anilios diversus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 37
Anilios diversus — TIATRAGUL et la. 2023 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia)

Type locality: Mowen, Central Railway, Queensland.  
TypesHolotype: QM J2943 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small, pale, moderately slender blind-snake with rounded snout, 20
midbody scale rows and nasal cleft proceeding from the preocular and usually dividing nasal. Distinguishable from R. tovelli (Loveridge) from far north of Northern Territory by shorter and wider rostral and more numerous ventrals (more than 380 v. fewer than 300) (from Storr 1981).

Description: Waite 1918: 31 
CommentSubspecies: Ramphotyphlops diversus (= Austrotyphlops) ammodytes has been elevated to full species status. 
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  • 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
  • Marin, J., Donnellan, S.C., Hedges, S.B., Puillandre, N., Aplin, K., Doughty, P., Hutchinson, M.N., Couloux, A. & Vidal, N. 2013. Hidden species diversity of Australian burrowing snakes (Ramphotyphlops). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, doi: 10.1111/bij.12132 - 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.
  • McDowell, S. B. 1974. A catalogue of the snakes of New Guinea and the Solomons, with special reference to those in the Bernice P. Bishop Museum. Part l. Scolecophidia. Journal of Herpetology 8 (1): 1-57 - get paper here
  • Montague, P.D. 1914. A report on the fauna of the Monte Bello Islands. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1914: 625-652 + plates - get paper here
  • Robb,J. 1966. The generic status of Australasian typhlopids (Reptilia: Squamata). Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (13) 9: 675-679 - get paper here
  • Shea, G.M. 1999. Waite’s blind snakes (Squamata: Scolecophidia: Typhlopidae): identification of sources and correction of errors. Rec. Austral. Mus. 51 (1): 447-450 - get paper here
  • Somaweera, R. 2009. Snakes of Darwin. Poster, University of Sydney
  • Storr G M 1981. The genus Ramphotyphlops (Serpentes: Typhlopidae) in Western Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 9 (3): 235-271 - get paper here
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  • Tiatragul, S., Skeels, A., & Keogh, J. S. 2023. Paleoenvironmental models for Australia and the impact of aridification on blindsnake diversification. Journal of Biogeography - get paper here
  • Waite, E. R. 1894. Notes on Australian Typhlopidae. Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales (2) 9: 9-14 - get paper here
  • Waite, E. R. 1918. Review of the Australian blind snakes. Rec. South Austral. Mus. 1: 1-34 - get paper here
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