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Anilios kimberleyensis (STORR, 1981)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Kimberley Shallow-soil Blind Snake 
SynonymRamphotyphlops kimberleyensis STORR 1981: 254
Ramphotyphlops kimberleyensis — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 67
Ramphotyphlops kimberleyensis — COGGER 2000: 593
Austrotyphlops kimberleyensis — WALLACH 2006
Ramphotyphlops kimberleyensis — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 414
Ramphotyphlops kimberleyensis — MARIN et al. 2013
Anilios kimberleyensis — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops kimberleyensis — COGGER 2014: 803
Anilios kimberleyensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 39
Anilios kimberleyensis — TIATRAGUL et la. 2023 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: Bigge Island, 14°32’ S, 125° 08’ E, Western Australia.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R41456 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A slender, flat-headed blind-snake with rounded snout, 22 midbody scale rows and nasal cleft proceeding from second labial to high up on nasal scale.

Color: Snout pale, almost back to level of eyes. Dark upper surfaces gradually merging with pale lower surfaces. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Ellis, Ryan, J. Sean Doody and Mike Swan. 2015. Anilios kimberleyensis (Kimberely blindsnake) defensive behavior. Herpetological Review 46 (3): 442-443 - 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
  • 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.
  • Storr G M 1981. The genus Ramphotyphlops (Serpentes: Typhlopidae) in Western Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 9 (3): 235-271 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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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