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Taxonomy of the family Gerrhopilidae
Bibliography of the genus Gerrhopilus
Biodiversity of the genus Gerrhopilus








Genus
Gerrhopilus

Indo-Malayan Blind Snakes

Indomalaiische Blindschlangen

Indo-malayiske Ormeslanger

1843 Gerrhopilus Fitzinger (type species: Typhlops ater Schlegel 1839)
Contents: 21 species, all of which are endemic.
Remarks: Previously included in the genus Typhlops (Typhlopidae) (e.g., Hahn 1980; McDiarmid, Campbell & Touré 1999). Revalidated by Vidal, Marin, Morini, Donnellan, Branch, Thomas, Vences, Wynn, Cruaud & Hedges (2010). Subsequently, Hedges, Marion, Lipp, Marin & Vidal (2014) also transferred thurstoni from Typhlops to Gerrhopilus.
Distribution: S. Asia, Malay Archipelago.
Reported from: India (Andaman & Nicobar Islands [Andaman Islands], Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal), Indonesia (Ambon, Bali, Halmahera, Java, Karimunjawa Islands, Salawati, Sulawesi, Ternate, Waigeo, Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago [New Britain, New Ireland], Eastern New Guinea, Louisiade Archipelago [Rossel], Trobriand Islands), Philippines (Bohol, Camotes Islands [Ponson], Cebu, Luzon, Marinduque, Mindanao, Mindoro, Negros, Tablas), Sri Lanka, Thailand.

Gerrhopilus addisoni

Panaeati Blind Snake

Panaeati-Blindschlange

Panaeati-ormeslange

2017 Gerrhopilus addisoni Kraus

Distribution: Papua New Guinea (Louisiade Archipelago: Panaeati).


Gerrhopilus andamanensis

Andaman Blind Snake

Andamanische Blindschlange

Andamansk Ormeslange

1871 Typhlops andamanensis Stoliczka
Gerrhopilus andamanensis Vidal, Marin, Morini, Donnellan, Branch, Thomas, Vences, Wynn, Cruaud & Hedges 2010

Distribution: India (Andaman Islands).


Gerrhopilus ater

Indonesian Black Blind Snake, Irian Worm Snake

Indonesische Schwarze Blindschlange

Indonesisk Sort Ormeslange

1839 Typhlops ater Schlegel
Anilios ater Gray 1845
Gerrhopilus ater Vidal, Marin, Morini, Donnellan, Branch, Thomas, Vences, Wynn, Cruaud & Hedges 2010
1934 Typhlops ater suturalis Brongersma (Hahn 1980)

Distribution: Indonesia (Ambon, Bali, Halmahera, Java, Karimunjawa Islands, Salawati, Sulawesi, Ternate, Waigeo, Western New Guinea).


Gerrhopilus beddomii

Anaimalai Blind Snake, (Beddome's Blind Snake)

Anaimalai-Blindschlange

Anaimalai-ormeslange

1890 Typhlops beddomii Boulenger
Gerrhopilus beddomii Vidal, Marin, Morini, Donnellan, Branch, Thomas, Vences, Wynn, Cruaud & Hedges 2010

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of Ramphotyphlops braminus (e.g., Hahn 1980). Treated as a valid species by Whitaker & Captain (2004) and Vidal, Marin, Morini, Donnellan, Branch, Thomas, Vences, Wynn, Cruaud & Hedges (2010). Records from Maharashtra (Sayyed 2016) and Karnataka (Daniels 2000) need confirmation.
Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).


Gerrhopilus bisubocularis

Javanese Blind Snake

Javanische Blindschlange

Javansk Ormeslange

1893 Typhlops bisubocularis Boettger
Gerrhopilus bisubocularis Vidal, Marin, Morini, Donnellan, Branch, Thomas, Vences, Wynn, Cruaud & Hedges 2010

Distribution: Indonesia (Java).


Gerrhopilus ceylonicus

Sri Lankan Blind Snake

Srilankanische Blindschlange

Srilankansk Ormeslange

1943 Typhlops ceylonicus Smith
Gerrhopilus ceylonicus Vidal, Marin, Morini, Donnellan, Branch, Thomas, Vences, Wynn, Cruaud & Hedges 2010

Distribution: Sri Lanka.


Gerrhopilus depressiceps

Lowland Beaked Blind Snake

Tiefland-Schnabel-Blindschlange

Lavlands-næbormeslange

1913 Typhlops depressiceps Sternfeld
Gerrhopilus depressiceps Vidal, Marin, Morini, Donnellan, Branch, Thomas, Vences, Wynn, Cruaud & Hedges 2010
1932 Typhlops monochrous Vogt (Hahn 1980)

Remarks: Now restricted to mainland Papua New Guinea and New Britain, but previously included the populations now assigned to addisoni, eurydice, and lestes (Kraus 2017). Kraus (2017) did not mention any records of the genus Gerrhopilus from New Britain, although he suspected lestes or a similar species to be found in the island. Nevertheless, G. depressiceps was reported from New Britain by several authors (Allison & Bigilale 2001; Foufopoulos 2001; Foufopoulos & Richards 2007). The New Britain population is herein provisionally referred to depressiceps, pending further studies on the taxonomic status of this population, if confirmed present.
Distribution: Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago [New Britain], Eastern New Guinea).


Gerrhopilus eurydice

Trobriand Islands Blind Snake

Trobriand-Blindschlange

Trobriand-ormeslange

2017 Gerrhopilus eurydice Kraus

Distribution: Papua New Guinea (Trobriand Islands).


Gerrhopilus floweri

Thai Blind Snake, (Flower’s Blind Snake)

Thailändische Blindschlange

Thailandsk Ormeslange

1899 Typhlops floweri Boulenger
Gerrhopilus floweri Vidal, Marin, Morini, Donnellan, Branch, Thomas, Vences, Wynn, Cruaud & Hedges 2010

Distribution: Thailand.


Gerrhopilus fredparkeri

Korobosea Blind Snake, (Fred Parker's Blind Snake)

Korobosea-Blindschlange

Korobosea-ormeslange

1996 Typhlops fredparkeri Wallach
Gerrhopilus fredparkeri Vidal, Marin, Morini, Donnellan, Branch, Thomas, Vences, Wynn, Cruaud & Hedges 2010

Distribution: Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Gerrhopilus hades

Bibikea Blind Snake

Bibikea-Blindschlange

Bibikea-ormeslange

2005 Typhlops hades Kraus
Gerrhopilus hades Vidal, Marin, Morini, Donnellan, Branch, Thomas, Vences, Wynn, Cruaud & Hedges 2010

Distribution: Papua New Guinea (Louisiade Archipelago: Rossel).


Gerrhopilus hedraeus

Negros Blind Snake

Negros-Blindschlange

Negros-ormeslange

1950 Typhlops hedraea Savage
Gerrhopilus hedraea Vidal, Marin, Morini, Donnellan, Branch, Thomas, Vences, Wynn, Cruaud & Hedges 2010
2012 Gerrhopilus carolinehoserae Hoser (Kaiser, Crother, Kelly, Luiselli, O'Shea, Ota, Passos, Schleip & Wüster 2013)

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of ater (e.g., Hahn 1980). Revalidated by Wynn & Leviton (1993) and Bosch & Ineich (1994). Leviton, Siler, Weinell & Brown (2018) did not include Luzon in the distribution of the species.
Distribution: Philippines (Bohol, Camotes Islands [Ponson], Cebu, Luzon, Marinduque, Mindanao, Mindoro, Negros, Tablas).


Gerrhopilus inornatus

Papuan Montane Blind Snake

Papuanische Hochland-Blindschlange

Papuansk Bjergormeslange

1888 Typhlops inornatus Boulenger
Gerrhopilus inornatus Vidal, Marin, Morini, Donnellan, Branch, Thomas, Vences, Wynn, Cruaud & Hedges 2010

Distribution: Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Gerrhopilus lestes

New Ireland Blind Snake

New-Ireland-Blindschlange

New Ireland-ormeslange

2017 Gerrhopilus lestes Kraus

Distribution: Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago: New Ireland).


Gerrhopilus manilae

Manila Blind Snake

Manila-Blindschlange

Manila-ormeslange

1919 Typhlops manilae Taylor
Malayotyphlops manilae Hedges, Marion, Lipp, Marin & Vidal 2014
Gerrhopilus manilae Pyron & Wallach 2014

Remarks: Known from only a single specimen from the Philippines without exact locality data, but probably from Luzon (McDiarmid, Campbell & Touré 1999). Leviton, Siler, Weinell & Brown (2018) listed the species for Bohol, but presumably in error, since this island is not mentioned in their species account and no Bohol localities are plotted in the distribution map. Transferred from the family Typhlopidae to the family Gerrhopilidae by Pyron & Wallach (2014).
Distribution: Philippines (Luzon).


Gerrhopilus mcdowelli

Southern Papuan Blind Snake, (McDowell's Blind Snake)

Südpapuanische Blindschlange

Sydpapuansk Ormeslange

1996 Typhlops mcdowelli Wallach
Gerrhopilus mcdowelli Vidal, Marin, Morini, Donnellan, Branch, Thomas, Vences, Wynn, Cruaud & Hedges 2010

Distribution: Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Gerrhopilus mirus

Peradeniya Blind Snake, (Jan's Blind Snake)

Peradeniya-Blindschlange

Peradeniya-ormeslange

1860 Typhlops mirus Jan
Gerrhopilus mirus Vidal, Marin, Morini, Donnellan, Branch, Thomas, Vences, Wynn, Cruaud & Hedges 2010

Distribution: Sri Lanka.


Gerrhopilus oligolepis

Nagri Valley Blind Snake, (Wall's Blind Snake)

Nagri-Valley-Blindschlange

Nagri Valley-ormeslange

1909 Typhlops oligolepis Wall
Gerrhopilus oligolepis Vidal, Marin, Morini, Donnellan, Branch, Thomas, Vences, Wynn, Cruaud & Hedges 2010

Distribution: India (Sikkim, West Bengal).


Gerrhopilus persephone

Normanby Blind Snake

Normanby-Blindschlange

Normanby-ormeslange

2017 Gerrhopilus persephone Kraus

Distribution: Papua New Guinea (d'Entrecasteaux Islands: Normanby).


Gerrhopilus thurstoni

South Indian Blind Snake, (Thurston's Blind Snake)

Südindische Blindschlange

Sydindisk Ormeslange

1890 Typhlops thurstoni Boettger
Gerrhopilus thurstoni Hedges, Marion, Lipp, Marin & Vidal 2014
1924 Typhlops walli Procter (Hahn 1980)

Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).


Gerrhopilus tindalli

Malabar Blind Snake, Nilambur Blind Snake, (Tindall's Blind Snake)

Malabar-Blindschlange

Malabar-ormeslange

1943 Typhlops tindalli Smith
Gerrhopilus tindalli Vidal, Marin, Morini, Donnellan, Branch, Thomas, Vences, Wynn, Cruaud & Hedges 2010

Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).