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Ramphotyphlops flaviventer (PETERS, 1864)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Yellow-bellied blindsnake 
SynonymTyphlops flaviventer PETERS 1864
Typhlops flaviventer — BOULENGER 1893: 25
Typhlops flaviventer — DE ROOIJ 1917: 11
Ramphotyphlops flaviventer — WALLACH 1996
Ramphotyphlops flaviventer — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 65
Ramphotyphlops flaviventer — DE LANG 2013
Ramphotyphlops flaviventer — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops flaviventer — WALLACH et al. 2014: 628 
DistributionIndonesia (Ternate, Halmahera, Morotai, Batjan = Bacan, Batanta, Salawati),
Papua New Guinea, Fiji Islands

Type locality: “Ternate”  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 5029 
DiagnosisDescription: Snout rounded, strongly projecting; nostril lateral. Rostral narrow, its upper part one third the width of the head, extending nearly to the level of the eyes; nasal incompletely divided,thecleftproceedingfromthesecondlabial; praeocular present, nearly as large as the ocular; eyes distinct; head scales a little enlarged; four upper labials. Body with 22 scales round the middle; its diameter 50 to 60 times in the total length; tail two times as long as broad, ending in a spine (De Rooij 1917).

Color: Blackish-brown above; yellowish below (De Rooij 1917).

Total length 300 mm (De Rooij 1917). 
CommentDistribution: not on the Solomon Islands fide McCoy 2015. 
EtymologyThe name flaviventralis comes from a combination of the Latin words flavus, meaning yellow, and venter, meaning belly. 
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  • de Rooij, N. DE 1917. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Il. Ophidia. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 334 S. - 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
  • Lang, Ruud de 2013. The snakes of the Moluccas (Maluku), Indonesia. Edition Chimaira, 417 pp. - get paper here
  • 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.
  • O'Shea,M. 1996. A Guide to the Snakes of Papua New Guinea. Independent Publishing, Port Moresby, xii + 239 pp. - get paper here
  • Peters, W. 1864. Über neue Amphibien (Typhloscincus, Typhlops, Asthenodipsas, Ogmodon). Mber. k. preuss. Akad. Wiss.,Berlin: 271-276. - get paper here
  • Setiadi, M. I. & A. Hamidy, 2006. Jenis-Jenis Herpetofauna di Pulau Halmahera. Kerjasama antara Pusat Studi Biodiversitas dan Konservasi Universitas Indonesia dan Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense, Puslit Biologi Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia. - 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, 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
  • Werner, F. 1899. Ueber Reptilien und Batrachier aus Togoland, Kamerun und Deutsch-Neu-Guinea grösstentheils aus dem k. Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. Verhandlungen der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 49: 132-157 - get paper here
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