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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Short Form
Shea, 1999, Rec. Aust. Mus. 51(1): 43–56
Author
Glenn M. Shea
Year
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
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06 July 1999
Available Online
06 July 1999
Reference Number
1294
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