Anilios guentheri (PETERS, 1865)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Anilios guentheri?
|Higher Taxa||Typhlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Top End Blind Snake|
|Synonym||Typhlops (Onychocephalus) güntheri PETERS 1865: 259|
Typhlops guentheri — BOULENGER 1893: 20
Typhlops nigricauda BOULENGER 1895: 867
Ramphotyphlops guentheri — ROBB 1966: 676
Typhlina guentheri — MCDOWELL 1974: 32
Ramphotyphlops guentheri — STORR 1981: 250
Ramphotyphlops guentheri — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 66
Ramphotyphlops guentheri — COGGER 2000: 592
Austrotyphlops guentheri — WALLACH 2006
Ramphotyphlops guentheri — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 412
Ramphotyphlops guentheri — MARIN et al. 2013
Anilios nigricaudus — PYRON & WALLACH 2014
Anilios nigricaudus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 40
Anilios guentheri — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops guentheri — COGGER 2014: 802
|Distribution||Australia (Northern Territory, Western Australia)|
Type locality: “Nordaustralien”
nigricaudus: Australia (Northern Australia); Type locality: "Daly River, North Australia"
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 19184.108.40.206 (formerly BMNH 220.127.116.11), collected by J.R. Elsey. |
Lectotype: BMNH 1918.104.22.168 [nigricaudus]
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A small, very slender, black-tailed blind-snake with 18 midbody scale rows and nasal cleft proceeding from second labial. Distinguishable from R. grypus by snout rounded (rather than beaked) in profile (from Storr 1981).|
|Comment||Synonymy: Status not fully resolved; considered as valid by Wallach et al. 2014 and Pyron & Wallach 2014, then again synonymized with Ramphotyphlps / Anilios guentheri (e.g. by ELLIS 2016). Shea and Horner (1996) said that the eastern form may be called R. nigricauda and the western form R. guentheri. Pyron and Wallach (2014) presented some morphological data; however, there is significant overlap with the former senior synonym and the species is not presented in any phylogenetic trees or under specimens examined in their paper (Ellis 2016).|
Not listed by COGGER 2014.
Type species: Typhlops guentheri Peters 1865 is the type species of the subgenus Mantyphlops Hoser 2013: 45 (subgenus of Libertadictus Wells & Wellington 1984), both synonyms of Anilios (fide SHEA 2015).
|Etymology||Named after Albert Günther (1830-1914), German-born zoologist at the British Museum.|