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Afrotyphlops schmidti (LAURENT, 1956)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Afrotyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesAfrotyphlops schmidti schmidti (LAURENT 1956)
Afrotyphlops schmidti laurenti (LAURENT 1968) 
Common NamesSchmidt’s blind-snake 
SynonymTyphlops schmidti LAURENT 1956: 71
Typhlops schmidti tanganicanus LAURENT 1964: 417
Typhlops schmidti schmidti - LAURENT 1964
Typhlops schmidti — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 119
Rhinotyphlops schmidti — WALLACH 2003
Afrotyphlops schmidti — HEDGES et al. 2014

Afrotyphlops schmidti laurenti (LAURENT 1968)
Typhlops schmidti wilsoni LAURENT 1968 (preoccupied by Typhlops wilsoni WALL 1908)
Rhinotyphlops schmidti laurenti — WALLACH 2003 (nom. emend. pro T. s. wilsoni)
Afrotyphlops schmidti — BROADLEY & WALLACH 2009 
DistributionE/S Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Tanzania, Zambia

Type locality: “Nyunzu, 700 ifi, Albertville Territory, Tanzania” (LAURENT 1956)
Type locality: “Mkanda, Chipangali, Zambia” (LAURENT 1968) Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MRAC (was RGMC) 17996 
CommentThe status of subspecies of this species is unclear (but a valid species according to V. Wallach [pers. comm.]). Typhlops schmidti tanganicanus LAURENT 1964 is listed as T. lineolatus tanganicus by BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991. [both schmidti and tanganicanus are valid species fide BROADLEY and WALLACH]

Description in BROADLEY & WALLACH 2009. 
EtymologyNamed after Karl Patterson Schmidt (1890-1957), American herpetologist (see Davis 1957 and RESETAR & VORIS 1997 for biographical notes). 
References
  • Broadley, D.G. 1998. The reptilian fauna of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa). In: Schmidt, K.P. and Noble, G.K., Contributions to the Herpetology of the Belgian Congo... [reprint of the 1919 and 1923 papers]. SSAR Facsimile reprints in Herpetology, 780 pp.
  • Broadley, D.G.; Doria, C.T. & Wigge, J. 2003. Snakes of Zambia. An Atlas and Field Guide. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 280 pp. [review in Sauria 26 (3): 21]
  • Broadley, Donald G. & Wallach, V. 2009. A review of the eastern and southern African blind-snakes (Serpentes: Typhlopidae), excluding Letheobia Cope, with the description of two new genera and a new species. Zootaxa 2255: 1-100 - get paper here
  • Broadley, Donald G. and F. P. D. Cotterill. 2004. The reptiles of southeast Katanga, an overlooked 'hot spot'. [Congo]. African Journal of Herpetology 53 (1): 35-61. - get paper here
  • Davis, D.D. 1959. Karl Patterson Schmidt, 1890-1957. Copeia 1959 (3): 189-192 - get paper here
  • Hedges, S.B., Marion, A.B., Lipp, K.M., Marin, J. & Vidal, N. 2014. A taxonomic framework for typhlopid snakes from the Caribbean and other regions (Reptilia, Squamata). Caribbean Herpetology 49: 1–61 - get paper here
  • Laurent 1968. Arnoldia, Bulawayo, 3 : 31
  • Laurent, R.F. 1964. A Revision of the punctatus Group of African Typhlops. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 130 (6): 387-444 - get paper here
  • Laurent,R.F. 1956. Contribution à l'herpetologie de la région des Grandes Lacs de l'Afrique centrale. Ann. Mus. Roy. Congo Belge (Sci. Zool.), 48: 1-390
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Wallach, V. 2003. Scolecophidia miscellanea. Hamadryad 27 (2): 222-240 - get paper here
 
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