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Taxonomy of the family Typhlopidae
Bibliography of the genus Argyrophis
Biodiversity of the family Typhlopidae








Genus
Argyrophis

Southeast Asian Blind Snakes

Südostasiatische Blindschlangen

Sydøstasiatiske Ormeslanger

1845 Argyrophis Gray (type species: Argyrophis bicolor Gray 1845)
2014 Asiatyphlops Hedges, Marion, Lipp, Marin & Vidal (type species: Typhlops mülleri Schlegel 1839; syn. Pyron & Wallach 2014)
Contents: 12 species, of which 6 (50.0%) are endemic.
Remarks: The species of this genus were previously included in the genus Typhlops.
Distribution: S. Asia, Malay Archipelago.
Reported from: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China (Hainan, Yunnan), India (Andaman & Nicobar Islands [Andaman Islands], Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Tripura, Uttarakhand, West Bengal), Indonesia (Bangka, Kalimantan, Nias, Sumatra, Weh), Laos, Malaysia (West Malaysia), Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.

Argyrophis bothriorhynchus

Assam Blind Snake, Burmese Blind Snake

Assam-Blindschlange

Assam-ormeslange

1864 Typhlops bothriorhynchus Günther
Asiatyphlops bothriorhynchus Hedges, Marion, Lipp, Marin & Vidal 2014
Argyrophis bothriorhynchus Pyron & Wallach 2014

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of muelleri (e.g., Hahn 1980). Revalidated by Das (1996), based on a recommendation by V. Wallach (see McDiarmid, Campbell & Touré 1999). The latter authors stated that the distribution is Java, but obviously in error, since this information was based on the same specimen they assigned to bisubocularis.
Distribution: India, Malaysia (West Malaysia).


Argyrophis diardii

Greater Blind Snake, Large Blind Snake, Indochinese Blind Snake, Thick-bodied Blind Snake, (Diard's Blind Snake)

Indochinesische Blindschlange, Diards Blindschlange

Indokinesisk Ormeslange

1839 Typhlops Diardii Schlegel
Asiatyphlops diardii Hedges, Marion, Lipp, Marin & Vidal 2014
Argyrophis diardii Pyron & Wallach 2014
1845 Argyrophis horsfieldii Gray (Hahn 1980)
Typhlops horsfieldii Günther 1864
1861 Typhlops striolatus Peters (Hahn 1980)
1872 Typhlops barmanus Stoliczka (Hahn 1980)
1908 Typhlops tephrosoma Wall (Hahn 1980)
1909 Typhlops cinereus Wall [not Anguis cinereus Schneider 1801] (Hahn 1980)
1998 Typhlops diardii platyventris Khan

Other common names:
platyventris: Kashmir Blind Snake
Remarks: Previously included giadinhensis and muelleri.
Distribution: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China (Hainan, Yunnan), India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Tripura, Uttarakhand, West Bengal), Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam.


Argyrophis fuscus

Dark Blind Snake

Dunkle Blindschlange

Mørk Ormeslange

1851 Opthalmidion fuscum Dumeril
Typhlops fuscus Jan 1863
Asiatyphlops fuscus Hedges, Marion, Lipp, Marin & Vidal 2014
Argyrophis fuscus Pyron & Wallach 2014

Remarks: Previously considered a synonym of Typhlops platycephalus (e.g., Boulenger 1893) or a taxon of uncertain status (e.g., Hahn 1980; McDiarmid, Campbell & Touré 1999). Supposed to be a valid species by Iskandar & Colijn (2001), who referred to pers. comm. with V. Wallach. Treated as a valid species by Hedges, Marion, Lipp, Marin & Vidal (2014). The type locality is "Java", but confirmation of the presence of this species in the island is needed.
Distribution: Unknown.


Argyrophis giadinhensis

Gia Dinh Blind Snake

Gia-Dinh-Blindschlange

Gia Dinh-ormeslange

1937 Typhlops giadinhensis Bourret
Asiatyphlops giadinhensis Hedges, Marion, Lipp, Marin & Vidal 2014
Argyrophis giadinhensis Pyron & Wallach 2014

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of diardii (e.g., Nguyen, Ho & Nguyen 2009), but considered a valid species here, following Hedges, Marion, Lipp, Marin & Vidal (2014).
Distribution: Vietnam.


Argyrophis hypsobothrius

Pit-snouted Blind Snake

Grubenschnauzen-Blindschlange

Grubesnudet Ormeslange

1917 Typhlops hypsobothrius Werner
Indotyphlops hypsobothrius Hedges, Marion, Lipp, Marin & Vidal 2014
Argyrophis hypsobothrius Pyron & Wallach 2014

Distribution: Indonesia (Sumatra).


Argyrophis klemmeri

Kuala Lumpur Blind Snake, (Klemmer's Blind Snake)

Kuala-Lumpur-Blindschlange

Kuala Lumpur-ormeslange

1962 Typhlops klemmeri Taylor
Asiatyphlops klemmeri Hedges, Marion, Lipp, Marin & Vidal 2014
Argyrophis klemmeri Pyron & Wallach 2014

Remarks: Chan-Ard, Grossmann, Gumprecht & Schulz (1999) erroneously listed Thailand as the range of this species, probably based on confusion between the type locality, Koh Pai (near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and Ko Pai Island, Thailand (Iskandar & Colijn 2001).
Distribution: Malaysia (West Malaysia).


Argyrophis koshunensis

Koshun Blind Snake

Koshun-Blindschlange

Koshun-ormeslange

1916 Typhlops koshunensis Oshima
Asiatyphlops koshunensis Hedges, Marion, Lipp, Marin & Vidal 2014
Argyrophis koshunensis Pyron & Wallach 2014

Distribution: Taiwan.


Argyrophis muelleri

Malayan Bicoloured Blind Snake, (Müller’s Blind Snake)

Malaiische Zweifarbige Blindschlange

Malayisk Tofarvet Ormeslange

1839 Typhlops mülleri Schlegel
Typhlops diardi muelleri Brongersma 1934
Asiatyphlops muelleri Hedges, Marion, Lipp, Marin & Vidal 2014
Argyrophis muelleri Pyron & Wallach 2014
1844 Typhlops nigroalbus Duméril & Bibron (Hahn 1980)
Typhlops diardi nigroalbus Smith 1923
1845 Argyrophis bicolor Gray (Hahn 1980)
1863 Typhlops Schneideri Jan (Hahn 1980)
1864 Typhlops bothriorhynchus Günther (Hahn 1980)
1906 Typhlops kapaladua Annandale (Hahn 1980)
1918 Typhlops labialis Waite (Hahn 1980)
1934 Typhlops fusconotus Brongersma (Hahn 1980)

Remarks: Previously regarded as a subspecies or synonym of diardii (e.g., McDowell 1974; Hahn 1980; McDiarmid, Campbell & Touré 1999), but the two forms are sympatric in Thailand and Vietnam, and therefore have been treated as separate species by most authors since Taylor (1965). Previously included bothriorhynchus (e.g., Hahn 1980). There is only a single record from Myanmar, which is in the western part of the country, fra from the nearest other records i Thailand. Presence in Myanmar therefore needs confirmation. The single New Guinean record (Doré, Western New Guinea; e.g., O'Shea 1996 [as diardii]; Iskandar & Colijn 2001) is based on the type specimen of fusconotus, the origin of which must be regarded as doubtful (McDowell 1974). Records from India (e.g., Das 2003; Whitaker & Captain 2004; Aengals, Kumar, Palot & Ganesh 2018) are regarded as erroneous. Grismer, Chan-Ard, Shea, O'Shea & Parker (2017) did not include India in the distribution of the species.
Distribution: Cambodia, Indonesia (Bangka, Kalimantan, Nias, Sumatra, Weh), Laos, Malaysia (West Malaysia), Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand.


Argyrophis oatesi

Cocos Islands Blind Snake, (Oates' Blind Snake)

Cocos-Inseln-Blindschlange

Cocos Islands-ormeslange

1890 Typhlops oatesi Boulenger
Asiatyphlops oatesi Hedges, Marion, Lipp, Marin & Vidal 2014
Argyrophis oatesi Pyron & Wallach 2014

Distribution: India (Andaman Islands), Myanmar (Cocos Islands).


Argyrophis roxaneae

Bangkok Blind Snake, (Roxane's Blind Snake)

Bangkok-Blindschlange

Bangkok-ormeslange

2001 Typhlops roxaneae Wallach
Asiatyphlops roxaneae Hedges, Marion, Lipp, Marin & Vidal 2014
Argyrophis roxaneae Pyron & Wallach 2014

Distribution: Thailand.


Argyrophis siamensis

Siamese Blind Snake, (Thai Blind Snake)

Siamesische Blindschlange

Siamesisk Ormeslange

1864 Typhlops siamensis Günther
Asiatyphlops siamensis Hedges, Marion, Lipp, Marin & Vidal 2014
Argyrophis siamensis Pyron & Wallach 2014

Remarks: Only a single specimen of unknown locality recorded from Thailand (Cox 1991).
Distribution: Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam.


Argyrophis trangensis

Trang Blind Snake

Trang-Blindschlange

Trang-ormeslange

1962 Typhlops trangensis Taylor
Asiatyphlops trangensis Hedges, Marion, Lipp, Marin & Vidal 2014
Argyrophis trangensis Pyron & Wallach 2014

Distribution: Thailand.