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Ramphotyphlops depressus PETERS, 1880

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymRamphotyphlops depressus PETERS 1880
Typhlops aluensis BOULENGER 1887
Typhlops aluensis — BOULENGER 1893: 27
Typhlops depressus — BOULENGER 1893: 33
Typhlops philococos WERNER 1898: 553
Typhlops philococcus WAITE 1918: 35 (lapsus)
Typhlops aluensis — KINGHORN 1928
Typhlops aluensis — SCHMIDT 1932
Typhlops buehleri HEDIGER 1933
Typhlops aluensis — TANNER 1948: 13
Ramphotyphlops aluensis — ROBB 1966
Ramphotyphlops buehleri ROBB 1966
Ramphotyphlops depressus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 63
Ramphotyphlops depressus — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops depressus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 628 
DistributionSouth Pacific: Ternate, Halmahera, Morotai, Batjan, Batanta, Salawati, New Guinea, Manus, New Britain, Duke of York Island, Nissan Atoll, Solomon Islands (?), Bougainville, Shortland Group, Santa Isabel, New Republic of Georgia Group, Florida Group, Malaita, Guadalcanal, San Cristobal, Fiji Islands

Type locality: Duke of York Island, Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea.  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 9667
Holotype: BMNH 1946.1.11.57 [aluensis] 
CommentSynonymy: partly after WALLACH et al. 2014.

Distribution: Watling et al. (2010) note that the Taveuni population is not R. depressus but may be aluensis or something else. 
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  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 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
  • Hediger,H. 1933. Über die von Herrn Dr. A. Bühler auf der Admiralitäts-Gruppe und eingien benachbarten Inseln gesammelten Reptilien und Amphibien. Verh. naturf. Ges. Basel, 44 (2): 1-25 [14]
  • Kinghorn, J.R. 1928. Herpetology of the Solomon Islands. Rec. Austral. Mus. 16: 123-178 - 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.
  • Peters,W.C.H. 1880. Eine Mittheilung über neue oder weniger bekannte Amphibien des Berliner Zoologischen Museums (Leposoma dispar, Monopeltis (Phractogonus jugularis, Typhlops depressus, Leptocalamus drilineatus, Xenodon punctatus, Elapomorphus erythronotus, Hylomantis Monatsber. Königl.-Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1880: 217-224 - get paper here
  • Robb,J. 1966. The generic status of Australasian typhlopids (Reptilia: Squamata). Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (13) 9: 675-679 - get paper here
  • Schmidt, KP 1932. Reptiles and Amphibians from the Solomon Islands. Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Zool. Ser. - 18 (9): 175-190 - get paper here
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  • Waite, E.R. 1918. Description of a new Blind Snake from the Solomon islands, with a list of species from the Austro-Malayan and Polynesian sub-regions. Rec. South Austral. Mus., Adelaide, 1 (1): 35 - 38
  • Wallach, V. 1996. The systematic status of the Ramphotyphlops flaviventer (PETERS) complex (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Amphibia-Reptilia 17 (4): 341-359. - 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.
  • Watling, D.; Wynn, A. & Zug, G.R. 2010. Rediscovery of the Taveuni blind snake. Oryx 44 (2): 165–170
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