Anilios batillus (Waite, 1894:9)

Waite's blind snake, Batillus blind snake



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Typhlops batillus Waite, 1894:9 (basionym); Typhlina batilla (Waite, 1894:9); Ramphotyphlops batillus (Waite, 1894:9); Austrotyphlops batillus (Waite, 1894:9)


Conservation Status


Last record: 1894 or before


This species is only known from a single specimen apparently collected from Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. However, the accuracy of the type locality has been cast into doubt (see Shea, 1999).



Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: AM R42756 [ex MM R669 (Goldman et al., 1969)] (female) (Cogger et al., 1983:195)

Type locality: "Wagga Wagga, N.S.W." (Cogger et al., 1983:195)






Original scientific description:

Waite, Edgar Ravenswood. (1894 "1895"). Notes on Australian Typhlopidae. Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales, Sydney (2) 9(1): 9-14.


Other references:

Annable, T. J. (1995). Annotated checklist of the reptiles of Wagga Wagga and district, NSW. Herpetofauna 25(1): 22-27.

Cogger, Hal G. (1979). Type specimens of reptiles and amphibians in the Australian Museum. Records of the Australian Museum 32(4): 163-210.

Cogger, Harold G., Cameron, Elizabeth E. and Cogger, Heather M. (1983). Typhlopidae, pp. 194-199. In: Zoological Catalogue of Australia. I. Amphibia and Reptilia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. vi + 313 pp. [p. 195]

Goldman, Judy, Hill, L. and Stanbury, P. J. (1969). Type specimens in the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney. II. Amphibians and reptiles. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 93(3): 427-438.

Hedges SB, Marion AB, Lipp KM, Marin J, Vidal N. (2014). A taxonomic framework for typhlopid snakes from the Caribbean and other regions (Reptilia, Squamata). Caribbean Herpetology 49: 1-61.

Kinghorn, J. R. (1929). Snakes of Australia. Sydney: Angus & Robertson.

Kinghorn, J. R. (1956). Snakes of Australia, 2nd edn. Sydney: Angus & Robertson.

McDiarmid, R. W., Campbell, J. A. and Touré, T. A. (1999). Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. 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 B. Bishop Museum, Part I. Scolecophidia. Journal of Herpetology 8(1): 1-57.

Regalado, Pedro Galán. (2015). Los Anfibios y Reptiles Extinguidos: Herpetofauna Desaparecida Desde el Año 1500. Monografías de la Universidade da Coruña 155: 1-509.

Robb, J. (1966). The generic status of Australasian typhlopids (Reptilia: Squamata). Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (13) 9: 675-679.

Shea, Glenn M. (1999). Waite’s blind snakes (Squamata: Scolecophidia: Typhlopidae): identification of sources and correction of errors. Records of the Australian Museum 51(1): 43-56.

Waite, E. R. (1918). Review of the Australian blind snakes (family Typhlopidae). Records of the South Australian Museum 1(1): 1-34 + pl I.

Welch, K. R. G. (1994). Snakes of the World. A Checklist. 2. Boas, Pythons, Shield-tails and Worm Snakes. Taunton: R & A Research and Information Ltd.

Worrell, E. (1963). Reptiles of Australia. Sydney: Angus & Robertson.

Wotherspoon, Lucy, de Oliveira Caetano, Gabriel Henrique, Roll, Uri, Meiri, Shai, Pili, Arman, Tingley, Reid and Chapple, David G. (2024). Inferring the extinction risk of Data Deficient and Not Evaluated Australian squamates. Austral Ecology 49(2): e13485. [Supporting Information (Data S1)]


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