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Myriopholis albiventer (HALLERMANN & RÖDEL, 1995)

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Higher TaxaLeptotyphlopidae, Leptotyphlopinae, Myriopholini, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: White-bellied worm snake 
SynonymLeptotyphlops albiventer HALLERMANN & RÖDEL 1995
Leptotyphlops albiventer — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 21
Myriopholis albiventer — ADALSTEINSSON, BRANCH, TRAPE, VITT & HEDGES 2009
Myriopholis albiventer — WALLACH et al. 2014: 462
Leptotyphlops albiventer — BÖHME & HEATH 2018 
DistributionNE Ivory Coast (southeastern edge of the Comoe National Park), Guinea (Conakry), S Mali (TRAPE & MANÉ 2006), Burkina Faso

Type locality: Ivory Coast, Comoe National Park, 8°45'N, 3°47'W.  
TypesHolotype: SMNS 8454-5: 128 mm SVL, 4 Sep. 1994, leg. M.-O. RODEL. Paratypes: SMNS 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: white; venter A small Leptotyphlops belonging to the longicaudus-group, with a discrete prefrontal separating the rostral from the supraocular, one anterior and one posterior supralabial, 5 infralabials, temporal not enlarged, total mid-dorsal scales 165-208, tail long, with 10 scale rows and 26-30 subcaudals, and the colouration brown above, unpigmented white below [from HALLERMANN & RÖDEL 1995]. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “albus, -a, -um” = white and “venter” = belly or stomach. 
  • Adalsteinsson, S.A.; Branch, W.R.; Trapé, S.; Vitt, L.J. & Hedges, S.B. 2009. Molecular phylogeny, classification, and biogeography of snakes of the Family Leptotyphlopidae (Reptilia, Squamata). Zootaxa 2244: 1-50 - get paper here
  • Böhme, Wolfgang & Jeffrey Heath 2018. Amphibian and reptilian records from south-central Mali and western Burkina Faso. Bonn zoological Bulletin 67 (1): 59–69 - get paper here
  • Chippaux, Jean-Philippe & Kate Jackson 2019. Snakes of Central and Western Africa. Johns Hopkins University Press, 448 pp. [detaileld review in HR 51 (1): 161] - get paper here
  • Hahn D. E. & V. WALLACH, 1998. Comments on the systematics of Old World Leptotyphlops (Serpentes: Leptotyphlopidae), with description of a new species. Hamadryad 23: 50-62 - get paper here
  • Hallermann, J. & M. O. Roedel 1995. A new species of Leptotyphlops (Serpentes: Leptotyphlopidae) of the longicaudus-group from West Africa. Stuttgarter Beitr. Naturk. Ser. A. (Biol.) 532: 1-8. - get paper here
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Schlüter, A. & Hallermann, J. 1997. The Type Specimens in the Herpetological Collection of the Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde in Stuttgart. Stuttgarter Beitr. Naturk. Ser. A (553): 1-15 - get paper here
  • Trape, J.-F. & Mané, Y. 2006. Guide des serpents d’Afrique occidentale. Savane et désert. [Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger]. IRD Editions, Paris, 226 pp. - get paper here
  • TRAPE, JEAN-FRANÇOIS & CELLOU BALDÉ 2014. A checklist of the snake fauna of Guinea, with taxonomic changes in the genera Philothamnus and Dipsadoboa (Colubridae) and a comparison with the snake fauna of some other West African countries. Zootaxa 3900 (3): 301–338 - get paper here
  • Trape, Jean-François & Youssouph Mané 2017. The snakes of Mali. Bonn zoological Bulletin 66 (2): 107–133 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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