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Indotyphlops longissimus (DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1844)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Long Worm Snake 
SynonymOphthalmidion longissimum DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1844: 263
Typhlops longissimus — JAN 1864: 4
Typhlops longissimus — BOULENGER 1893: 33
Ophthalmidium longissimum — LOVERIDGE 1957: 240 (error typographicus)
Typhlops longissimus (incertae sedis) — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 126
Typhlops longissimus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 765
Indotyphlops longissimus — HEDGES 2016 (pers. comm., 2 Dec 2016) 
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1061 
CommentStatus unclear. “Incertae sedis” (HAHN 1980), but a valid species according to Wallach (pers. comm.). Not recognized by PYRON & WALLACH 2014 and considered as “incertae sedis”. Typhlops longissimus is similar to Indotyphlops, so the best course of action is to assign it to that genus (B. Hedges, pers. comm. 2 Dec 2016).

Distribution: unknown. Type locality: "Amerique septentrionale" [North America], apparently in error. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Duméril, A. M. C. and G. Bibron. 1844. Erpetologie Générale ou Histoire Naturelle Complete des Reptiles. Vol.6. Libr. Encyclopédique Roret, Paris, 609 pp. - get paper here
  • Jan, G. 1864. Iconographie générale des ophidiens. 5. Livraison. J.B. Bailière et Fils, Paris - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1957. Check list of the reptiles and amphibians of east Africa (Uganda, Kenya, Tanganyika, Zanzibar). Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 117 (2): 153-362 - 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
  • 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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