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Indotyphlops albiceps (BOULENGER, 1898)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: White-headed Blind Snake
G: Wiesskopf-Wurmschlange
Chinese: 白头钩盲蛇 
SynonymTyphlops albiceps BOULENGER 1898 : 124
Typhlops malaisei RENDAHL 1937: 11
Typhlops albiceps — SMITH 1943
Typhlops albiceps — TWEEDIE 1954
Ramphotyphlops albiceps GRANDISON 1978
Ramphotyphlops albiceps — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 57
Typhlops albiceps — GRISMER et al. 2010
Ramphotyphlops albiceps — COX et al. 2012: 4
Ramphotyphlops albiceps — WALLACH et al. 2014: 613
Indotyphlops albiceps — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops albiceps — CHAN-ARD et al. 2015: 145 
DistributionMyanmar (= Burma), S Thailand, W Malaysia, China (Hong Kong)

Type locality: "Chantaboon, Siam" [Chanthaburi, southeast Thailand].  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.10.50 
Diagnosis 
Comment 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “albus, -a, -um” = white and the abbreviated term “-ceps” for “caput” = head. 
References
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