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Ramphotyphlops willeyi (BOULENGER, 1900)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Asiatyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymTyphlops willeyi BOULENGER in WILLEY 1900
Typhlina willeyi — MCDOWELL 1974: 47
Ramphotyphlops willeyi — BAUER & VINDUM 1990
Ramphotyphlops willeyi — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 75
Ramphotyphlops willeyi — WYNN et al. 2012
Ramphotyphlops willeyi — HEDGES et al. 2014
Ramphotyphlops willeyi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 630 
DistributionLoyalty Islands (Mare and Lifu), New Caledonia

Type locality: Lifu, Loyalty Islands  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.10.80 (formerly 1900.5.29.1) 
CommentTyphlops becki TANNER 1948 has been removed from the synonymy of R. willeyi. 
Etymologynamed after Arthur Willey, Lecturer on biology in Guy’s Hospital, London, who “presented” the type specimen to the British Museum. 
  • Bauer, A. M. & SADLIER, R. A. (eds.) 2000. The herpetofauna of New Caledonia. Contributions to Herpetology, 17; Society for Study Amphibians and Reptiles, Ithaca, New York.
  • Bauer, A.M. 1999. The terrestrial reptiles of New Caledonia: The origin and evolution of a highly endemic herpetofauna. In: Ota,H. (ed) Tropical Island herpetofauna..., Elsevier, pp. 3-25 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1900. On a new blind snake from Lifu, Loyalty Islands. Willey’s Zool. Results, 2: 603 - 604 [1902 fide BAUER 1985] - 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
  • 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
  • Sadlier R A. Bauer A M. 1997. The terrestrial herpetofauna of the Loyalty Islands. Pacific Science 51 (1): 76-90.
  • Shea, Glenn M.; Wallach, Van 2000. Reexamination of an anomalous distribution: resurrection of Ramphotyphlops becki (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Pacific Science 54(1):70-74
  • 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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