Australian Museum Journal Waite’s blind snakes (Squamata: Scolecophidia: Typhlopidae): identification of sources and correction or errors

Shortform:
Shea, 1999, Rec. Aust. Mus. 51(1): 43–56
Author(s):
Shea, Glenn M.
Year published:
1999
Title:
Waite’s blind snakes (Squamata: Scolecophidia: Typhlopidae): identification of sources and correction or errors
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
51
Issue:
1
Start page:
43
End page:
56
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.51.1999.1294
Language:
English
Date published:
06 July 1999
Cover date:
06 July 1999
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
REPTILIA; TAXONOMY
Digitized:
06 July 1999
Available online:
06 July 1999
Reference number:
1294
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (9kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (78kb PDF)

Abstract

The majority of the 542 typhlopid specimens examined by Edgar Waite for his 1918 monograph of the family are identified, and their current status discussed. Most Waite records that do not correspond with the distribution based on modern records are shown to be in error, involving either misidentifications, misreadings of localities, or transposition of data. A few remaining problematic records are considered dubious due to a lack of supporting data. Ramphotyphlops batillus (Waite, 1894), known only from the holotype from Wagga Wagga, NSW, is restored to the Australian fauna, and new data on the type are provided. Probable paratypes for Typhlops grypus (SAM R849; QM J2947), T. proximus (AM R615, R145401-07, SAM R915) and T. subocularis (AM R2169) are identified. New data on dorsal scale counts are provided for Ramphotyphlops leucoproctus (377-394), R. polygrammicus (370-422), R. proximus (326-392), R. wiedii (381-439) and R. yirrikalae (447-450).

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