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Anilios pinguis (WAITE, 1897)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Rotund Blind Snake 
SynonymTyphlops pinguis WAITE 1897: 25
Typhlops opisthopachys WERNER 1917: 35
Typhlops pinguis — WAITE 1918: 11
Ramphotyphlops pinguis — ROBB 1966: 676
Typhlina pinguis — COGGER 1975
Ramphotyphlops pinguis — STORR 1981: 261
Ramphotyphlops pinguis — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 72
Ramphotyphlops pinguis — COGGER 2000: 596
Austrotyphlops pinguis — WALLACH 2006
Ramphotyphlops pinguis — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 418
Ramphotyphlops pinguis — MARIN et al. 2013
Anilios pinguis — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops pinguis — COGGER 2014: 808
Anilios pinguis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 40
Anilios pinguis — TIATRAGUL et la. 2023 
DistributionAustralia (South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia)

Type locality: South Australia  
TypesHolotype: SAMA R803, collector unknown 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A large, very stout, moderately dark blind-snake with 20 midbody scale
rows, snout slightly angular in profile and nasal cleft proceeding from second labial (from Storr 1981).

Color: Dorsal and upper lateral surfaces dark brown, either merging gradually with or fairly sharply demarcated from whitish lower surfaces.

Description: Waite 1918: 24 
CommentType species: Typhlops pinguis Waite 1897 is the type species of the subgenus Bennetttyphlops Hoser 2013: 47 (subgenus of Libertadictus Wells & Wellington 1984), both synonyms of Anilios (fide SHEA 2015).

Distribution: not in NSW (fide Swan et al. 2017, Field Guide NSW). 
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  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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. 1897. Notes on Australian Typhlopidae. Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 21: 25-27 - 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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  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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