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Anilios robertsi (COUPER, COVACEVICH & WILSON, 1998)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymRamphotyphlops robertsi COUPER, COVACEVICH, WILSON 1998
Ramphotyphlops robertsi — COGGER 2000: 769
Austrotyphlops robertsi — WALLACH 2006
Ramphotyphlops robertsi — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 420
Anilios robertsi — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops robertsi — COGGER 2014: 810
Anilios robertsi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 41 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: Romeo Ck, via Shipton's Flat (15°50'S, 145°14'E) NEQ.  
TypesHolotype: QM J63736, 10 Feb, 1983. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Ramphotyphlops robertsi sp. nov. is easily distinguished from its congeners by the following characters combined: strongly dichromatic pattern (in alcohol, dorsum purplish brown, venter white); 22 midbody scale rows; 556 ventrals; a bluntly-rounded snout; rostral circular from above; nasal not completely divided by nasal cleft, just visible from above and joining second supralabial below.
CommentHABITAT. Open forest dominated by Blue Gum, Eucalyptus tereticornis, Brown Bloodwood, E. trachyphloia and Yellow Stringybark, E. acmenoides. 
EtymologyETYMOLOGY. Named for Lewis Roberts, eminent naturalist and Honorary Consultant of the Queensland Museum, collector of the holotype. 
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  • 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.
  • Couper, P. J., J. A. COVACEVICH & S. K. WILSON 1998. Two new species of Ramphotyphlops (Squamata: Typhlopidae) from Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 42: 459-464 - 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
  • 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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