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Afrotyphlops lineolatus (JAN, 1864)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Afrotyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesCommon Lined Worm Snake, Lineolate Blind Snake 
SynonymTyphlops (Ophthalmidion) lineolatus JAN 1864: 24
Typhlops eschrichtii BLANFORD 1870
Typhlops boulengeri BOCAGE 1893: 117
Typhlops Blanfordii BOULENGER 1894 (1889?)
Typhlops bocagei BETHENCOURT-FERREIRA 1904
Typhlops Tornieri STERNFELD 1910: 69
Typhlops boulengeri — LÖNNBERG 1922
Typhlops punctatus SCORTECCI 1928
Typhlops boulengeri — LAURENT 1956: 68
Typhlops boulengeri boulengeri — LAURENT 1964
Typhlops lineolatus lineolatus — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 21
Typhlops lineolatus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 107
Rhinotyphlops lineolatus — CHIRIO & INEICH 2006
Typhlops lineolatus — JACKSON 2008
Afrotyphlops lineolatus — BROADLEY & WALLACH 2009
Typhlops lineolatus — SEGNIAGBETO et al. 2012: 350
Afrotyphlops lineolatus — HEDGES et al. 2014 
DistributionSenegal, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast , Ghana, Togo, SW Niger, Nigeria, Cameroun, SW Chad, Central African Republic, Congo (Brazzaville), Democratic Republic of Congo (Bas-Congo, Katanga, Kinshasa, Maniema, Nord-Kivu, Orientale, Sud-Kivu), Angola, SW Sudan, South Sudan, S Ethiopia, Uganda, SW Kenya, N Tanzania

Type locality: Sierra Leone. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesTypes: ZMUU. Lost, according to Roux-Estève (1974:80). 
CommentSynonymy: Typhlops boulengeri is listed as valid species in LeBreton 1999. Typhlops boulengeri usambaricus LAURENT 1964 has been removed from the synonymy of A. lineolatus.

Distribution: See maps (Figures 11-13) in Broadley & Wallach 2009. not in Liberia but present in Niger (L. Chirio, pers. comm., 23 Aug 2013). Previous distribution before usambaricus and tanganicus were elevated to full species: Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, SW Chad, S Somalia, W Zambia, Angola, Congo (Brazzaville), Central African Republic, probably Mali (Joger & Lambert 1996).

Distribution fide McDiarmid et al. 1999: 108: Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, southwest Chad, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Congo (Brazzaville), Zaire, Angola, western Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, southwest Kenya, Ethiopia, southern Sudan. Note that Broadley & Wallach 2009 restricted this species to East and Central Africa.

Description in BROADLEY & WALLACH 2009. 
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