Ramphotyphlops exocoeti

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Ramphotyphlops exocoeti
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Typhlopidae
Genus: Ramphotyphlops
Species: R. exocoeti
Binomial name
Ramphotyphlops exocoeti
(Boulenger, 1887)
  • Typhlops exocoeti
    Boulenger In Günther, 1887
  • Typhlops exocoeti
    — Boulenger, 1893
  • Typhlops exocoeti
    Hahn, 1980
  • Ramphotyphlops exocoeti
    Cogger, Sadlier & Cameron, 1983

Ramphotyphlops exocoeti (also known as Christmas Island blind snake) is a blind snake species endemic to Christmas Island. No subspecies are currently recognized.[2]

Geographic range[edit]

Found on Christmas Island (Australia) The type locality given is [1]

Conservation status[edit]

This species is classified as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List with the following criteria: D2 (v2.3, 1994).[3] This means that it is not Critically Endangered or Endangered, but is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild in the medium-term future. This is because the population is very small and characterized by an acute restriction in its area of occupancy. It is therefore prone to the effects of human activities (or stochastic events, the impact of which is increased by human activities) within a very short period of time in an unforeseeable future. Therefore, it is possible that this species may become Critically Endangered or even Extinct within a very short period of time. Year assessed: 1996.[4]


  1. ^ a b McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré TA (1999). Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, Volume 1. Washington, District of Columbia: Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  2. ^ "Ramphotyphlops exocoeti". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 30 August 2007. 
  3. ^ Ramphotyphlops exocoeti at the IUCN Red List. Accessed 30 August 2007.
  4. ^ 1994 Categories & Criteria (version 2.3) at the IUCN Red List. Accessed 30 August 2007.

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA (1887). " III. Reptiles ". pp. 516–517. In: Günther A (1887). " Report on a Zoological Collection made by the Officers of H.M.S. ' Flying Fish ' at Christmas Island, Indian Ocean ". Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1887: 507-526 + Plates XLI-XLIV. (Typhlops exocœti, new species, p. 517).

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