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Gerrhopilus ceylonicus (SMITH, 1943)

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Higher TaxaGerrhopilidae, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Sri Lanka Worm Snake 
SynonymTyphlops ceylonicus SMITH 1943: 55
Typhlops ceylonicus — TAYLOR 1946: 286
Typhlops ceylonicus — TAYLOR 1950
Typhlops ceylonicus — DAS 1996
Typhlops ceylonicus — JANZEN et al. 2007
Gerrhopilus ceylonicus — VIDAL et al. 2010
Gerrhopilus ceylonicus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 308 
DistributionSri Lanka.

Type locality: Peradeniya, Ceylon  
TypesHolotype: ASK = Asiatic Society, Museum, Kolkata, (was: Indian Museum Calcutta, IMC, fide SMITH 1943) 
CommentSynonymy after WALLACH (pers. comm.)

Similar species: Typhlops mirus. 
  • Janzen, P.; Klaas, P. & Ziesmann, S. 2007. Sri Lankas Schlangenfauna. Draco 7 (30): 56-64 - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1943. The Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma, Including the Whole of the Indo-Chinese Sub-Region. Reptilia and Amphibia. 3 (Serpentes). Taylor and Francis, London. 583 pp.
  • Taylor, E.H. 1947. Comments on Ceylonese snakes of the genus Typhlops with descriptions of new species. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 31 (13): 283-298 - get paper here
  • Taylor, Edward H. 1950. The snakes of Ceylon. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 33 (14): 519-603 - get paper here
  • Vidal, Nicolas; Julie Marin, Marina Morini, Steve Donnellan, William R. Branch, Richard Thomas, Miguel Vences, Addison Wynn, Corinne Cruaud and S. Blair Hedges 2010. Blindsnake evolutionary tree reveals long history on Gondwana. Biology Letters 6: 558–561 - get paper here
  • Wallach, V. 1996. Two new Blind snakes of the Typhlops ater species group from Papua new Guinea (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Russ. J. Herpetol. 3 (2):107-118. - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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