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Anilios margaretae (STORR, 1981)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Buff-snouted Blind Snake 
SynonymRamphotyphlops margaretae STORR 1981: 259
Ramphotyphlops margaretae — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 69
Ramphotyphlops margaretae — COGGER 2000: 594
Austrotyphlops margaretae — WALLACH 2006
Ramphotyphlops margaretae — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 416`
Anilios margaretae — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops margaretae — COGGER 2014: 806
Anilios margaretae — WALLACH et al. 2014: 39 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: Lake Throssell, 27° 25’ S, 124° 18’ E, Western Australia  
TypesHolotype: WAM R15710 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A very slender blind-snake with 18 midbody scale rows and nasal cleft proceeding from second labial; most like R. bituberculatus but body more elongate and snout not so strongly trilobed.

Color: Snout pale horn. Remaining dorsal surfaces pinkish to purplish-grey. Ventral surfaces pale grey. 
EtymologyNamed after Margaret Butler, wife of the collector of the holotype. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Eipper, Scott C.; Adam Elliott, & Tyese Eipper 2020. Notes on the discovery of fluorescence in Australian Scolecophidians in the genus Anilios Gray 1845 (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Captive & Field Herpetology 4 (2): 27 - 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
  • 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
  • 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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