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Anilios silvia (INGRAM & COVACEVICH, 1993)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Great Sandy Blind Snake, Sylvia's Blind Snake 
SynonymRamphotyphlops silvia INGRAM & COVACEVICH 1993
Ramphotyphlops silvia — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 73
Ramphotyphlops silvia — COGGER 2000: 769
Austrotyphlops silvia — WALLACH 2006
Ramphotyphlops silvia — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 420
Ramphotyphlops silvia — MARIN et al. 2013
Anilios silvia — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops silvia — COGGER 2014: 810
Anilios silvia — WALLACH et al. 2014: 41
Anilios silvia — TIATRAGUL et la. 2023 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: "Seary's Scrub, Cooloola NP (25°58'S, 153°0TE), SEQ" [Queensland, Australia].  
TypesHolotype: QM J27387.
Paratypes: (n=9) J31579 Fraser Is., NP HQ; J3 1576-7 Fraser Is. NP, HQ on ‘A’ rd; J35872 Tuan SF, Firetower 6; J27386 Seary’s Scrub, Cooloola NP; J43785 Cooloola NP; J23620 Cooloola, on Freshwater rd, 5km from junction; J46128 Pomona, 25km N, on rd to Rainbow Beach; J8521 Nambour. All localities in SE Queensland. 
CommentType species: Ramphotyphlops sylvia Ingram & Covacevich 1993 is the type species of the subgenus Silvatyphlops Hoser 2013: 48 (subgenus of Libertadictus Wells & Wellington 1984), both synonyms of Anilios (fide SHEA 2015). 
EtymologyNamed after Hannah Sylvia Ingram, the mother of one of the senior author and Rhea Sylvia, mother of Romulus and Remus. 
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  • 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
  • Ukuwela, K.D.B., de Silva, A., Sivaruban, A. et al. 2022. Diversity, distribution, and natural history of the marine snakes of Sri Lanka. Marine Biodiversity 52, 24 (2022) - get paper here
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