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Anilios tovelli (LOVERIDGE, 1945)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Darwin Blind Snake 
SynonymTyphlops tovelli LOVERIDGE 1945
Typhlina tovelli — HAHN 1980
Ramphotyphlops tovelli — COGGER 1994
Ramphotyphlops tovelli — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 74
Ramphotyphlops tovelli — COGGER 2000: 597
Austrotyphlops tovelli — WALLACH 2006
Ramphotyphlops tovelli — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 420
Anilios tovelli — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops tovelli — COGGER 2014: 811
Anilios tovelli — WALLACH et al. 2014: 41
Anilios tovelli — TIATRAGUL et la. 2023 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory)

Type locality: Koonowarra Sports Ground, about 5 mi S Darwin, Northern Territory.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 48844 
Etymology"Among those who have taken advantage of the opportunity afforded by world conditions to extend our knowledge of the fauna in distant places, is Gunner G. T. R. Tovell of the Australian Forces. At the conclusion of hostilities it is hoped to publish a full report on the material he has so generously contributed. The present paper deals only with an addition to the Australian herpetofauna, with which I am glad to associate the discoverer's name by calling it... Typhlops tovelli sp. nov.” [LOVERIDGE 1945] 
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  • Loveridge,A. 1945. A new blind snake (Typhlops tovelli) from Darwin, Australia. Proc. biol. Soc. Washington, 58: 111-112 - get paper here
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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
  • 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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