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Miner blind snake

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Anilios fossor - Shea, 2015
Pronunciation  ann-NIL-ee-oss   FOSS-orr
Etymology  Anilios: "The derivation of the generic name Anilios was not provided by Gray (1845), although Savage and Boundy (2012) suggest it was derived from the Greek an- (lacking) + helios (the sun)." (Shea 2015)
fossor: "From the Latin fossor, a miner, in allusion to the fossorial habits of the genus and the type locality, where the numerous garnets in the bed of the Hale River, misidentified as rubies, sparked the Northern Territory's first mining rush (Gibson et al. 1992). The species epithet is a noun in apposition." (Shea 2015)
Other names   
Total length
Species avg: 29 cm
Clutch size
Length and clutch size information comes from a variety of sources, but primarily from Shine (1991) and Cogger (2000).
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Known from one specimen collected from Ruby Gap Nature Park, Northern Territory.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory


Presumed to come from a "woodland of Eucalyptus camaldulensis on sandy loam soil near the Hale River." (Shea 2016)

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