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Indotyphlops leucomelas (BOULENGER, 1890)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Pied Worm Snake 
SynonymTyphlops leucomelas BOULENGER 1890: 237
Typhlops leucomelas — BOULENGER 1893: 18
Typhlops leucomelas — WALL 1921: 13
Typhlops leucomelas — SMITH 1943: 50
Typhlops leucomelas — TAYLOR 1950
Typhlops leucomelas — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 107
Asiatyphlops leucomelas — HEDGES et al. 2014
Indotyphlops leucomelas — PYRON & WALLACH 2014
Typhlops leucomelas — WALLACH et al. 2014: 765 
DistributionSri Lanka.

Type locality: “Haycock Mountain, 2000 ft., 40 miles from Point de Galle, Ceylon”  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.10.46. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Differs from jerdoni as follows: Breadth of rostral above that of the head; diameter of the body 32 times in the total length (Smith 1943: 50).

Coloration: Black above, whltish below, the two colours meeting in a clear line of demarcation (Smith 1943: 50). 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, George A. 1890. The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. Taylor & Francis, London, xviii, 541 pp. - 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
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Pyron, R.A. & Wallach, V. 2014. Systematics of the blindsnakes (Serpentes: Scolecophidia: Typhlopoidea) based on molecular and morphological evidence. Zootaxa 3829 (1): 001–081 - 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
  • Wall, FRANK 1921. Ophidia Taprobanica or the Snakes of Ceylon. Colombo Mus. (H. R. Cottle, govt. printer), Colombo. xxii, 581 pages - get paper here
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