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Ramphotyphlops cumingii (GRAY, 1845)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Cuming's Blind Snake 
SynonymOnychophis cumingii GRAY 1845: 133
Onychocephalus cumingii — BOETTGER 1886
Typhlops cumingii — BOULENGER 1893: 51
Typhlops rugosa TAYLOR 1919: 108
Typhlops longicauda TAYLOR 1919
Typhlops rugosa — TAYLOR 1922: 58
Typhlops dendrophis TAYLOR 1922: 60
Typhlops mindanensis TAYLOR 1922: 65
Typhlina cumingii — MCDOWELL 1974: 7
Ramphotyphlops cumingii — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 63
Ramphotyphlops cumingii — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops cumingii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 628
Ramphotyphlops cf. cumingii — SANGUILA et al. 2016
Ramphotyphops cumingii — SUPSUP et al. 2017: 8 (in error) 
DistributionPhilippines (Mindanao, Polillo, Negros, Bohol, Marinduque, Panay, Cebu)

Type locality: "Philippines" and "Indian Ocean" [the latter obviously in reference to an island in the Indian Ocean].  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.1.10.83, Indian Ocean, collected Sir E. Belcher; 1946.1.11.19-20, Philippines, collected H. Cuming. 
EtymologyNamed after Hugh Cuming (1791-1865), an English naturalist and conchologist. See Beolens et al. 2011: 60 for more details. 
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  • Boettger, O. 1886. Aufzählung der von den Philippinen bekannten Reptilien und Batrachier. Ber. senckenb. naturf. Ges., Frankfurt am Main, 1886: 91-134 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Ferner, John W., Rafe M. Brown, Rogelio V. Sison and Robert S. Kennedy 2000. The amphibians and reptiles of Panay Island, Philippines. Asiatic Herpetological Research 9: 1-37 - get paper here
  • Gray, J. E. 1845. Catalogue of the specimens of lizards in the collection of the British Museum. Trustees of die British Museum/Edward Newman, London: xxvii + 289 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
  • Leviton, Alan E.; Cameron D. Siler, Jeffrey L. Weinell, and Rafe M. Brown 2018. Synopsis of the Snakes of the Philippines. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 64 (14): 399-568 - 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
  • Sanguila MB, Cobb KA, Siler CD, Diesmos AC, Alcala AC, Brown RM 2016. The amphibians and reptiles of Mindanao Island, southern Philippines, II: the herpetofauna of northeast Mindanao and adjacent islands. ZooKeys 624: 1–132, doi: 10.3897/zookeys.624.9814 - get paper here
  • Supsup, Christian E.; Faith M. Guinto, Bernard R. Redoblado, Rai S. Gomez 2017. Amphibians and reptiles from the Mt. Hamiguitan Range of eastern Mindanao Island, Philippines: new distribution records. Check List 13 (3): 2121 - get paper here
  • SUPSUP, Christian E.; Nevong M. PUNA, Augusto A. ASIS, Bernard R. REDOBLADO, Maria Fatima G. PANAGUINIT, Faith M. GUINTO, Edmund B. RICO, Arvin C. DIESMOS, Rafe M. BROWN and Neil Aldrin D. MALLARI 2016. Amphibians and Reptiles of Cebu, Philippines: The Poorly Understood Herpetofauna of an Island with Very Little Remaining Natural Habitat. Asian Herpetological Research 2016, 7(3): 151–179 DOI: 10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.150049 - get paper here
  • Taylor, E.H. 1919. New or rare Philippine reptiles. Philippine Journal of Science 14: 105-125
  • Taylor, E.H. 1922. The snakes of the Philippine Islands. Manila (Bureau of Printing or Science), Monograph 16: 312 pp. - 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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