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Ramphotyphlops angusticeps (PETERS, 1877)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Arboreal Blind Snake 
SynonymTyphlops (Onychocephalus) angusticeps PETERS 1877: 417
Typhlops olivaceus reduncus BARBOUR 1921
Typhlops olivaceus reduncus — ANNER 1948: 16
Typhlina angusticeps — MCDOWELL 1974: 47
Ramphotyphlops angusticeps — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 57
Ramphotyphlops angusticeps — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops angusticeps — WALLACH et al. 2014: 626 
DistributionSolomon Islands

Type locality: “Neu-Caledonien”, in error fide ROUX (1913)  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 9055
Holotype: MCZ 14269 [reduncus] 
CommentRamphotyphlops angusticeps has more than 600 vertebrae, perhaps the greatest number of any snake (Greene 1997).

Erroneously reported from New Caledonia fide BAUER & SADLIER 2000. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “angustus, -a, -um” = narrow and the abbreviated term “-ceps” for “caput” = head. 
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  • Bauer, Aaron M.;Vindum, Jens V. 1990. A checklist and key to the herpetofauna of New Caledonia, with remarks on biogeography. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 47 (2): 17-45 - 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
  • McCoy, M. 2006. Reptiles of the Solomon Islands. Pensoft Series Faunistica 57, 212 pp.
  • McCoy, M. 2015. A Field Guide to the Reptiles of the Solomon Islands. Michael McCoy, Kuranda - 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.
  • McDowell, S. B. 1974. A catalogue of the snakes of New Guinea and the Solomons, with special reference to those in the Bernice P. Bishop Museum. Part l. Scolecophidia. Journal of Herpetology 8 (1): 1-57 - get paper here
  • Peters, W. 1878. Herpetologische Notizen. I. Uber die von Spix in Brasilien gesammelten Eidechsen des Königlichen NaturalienKabinets zu München. Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1877: 407-415 - get paper here
  • Tanner, V. M. 1948. Pacific Islands Herpetology No. I. Mariana Islands. Great Basin Naturalist 9 (1-2): 1-20 - 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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