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Leptotyphlops keniensis BROADLEY & WALLACH, 2007

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Higher TaxaLeptotyphlopidae, Leptotyphlopinae, Leptotyphlopini, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Mount Kenya worm snake 
SynonymLeptotyphlops keniensis BROADLEY & WALLACH 2007: 38
Glauconia nigricans — ANGEL 1925: 31
Leptotyphlops emini emini — LOVERIDGE 1957: 247 (part).
Leptotyphlops nigricans nigricans — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 22 (part)
Leptotyphlops keniensis — ADALSTEINSSON, BRANCH, TRAPE, VITT & HEDGES 2009
Leptotyphlops keniensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 368
Leptotyphlops keniensis — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 367 
DistributionKenya (Central Province)

Type locality: Nyeri, Central Province, Kenya (00°25' S, 36°56' E, just below 2000 m elevation).  
TypesHolotype: NMK/O. 2903, an adult female, collected by F.J. McCartney, 24 February 1983. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A member of the Leptotyphlops nigricans species group, distinguished from all other northern taxa except L. aethiopicus by its high middorsal counts (29–265), differing from the latter species in lacking a white patch below the tail tip.
CommentHabitat: Mosaic of East African evergreen bushland and secondary Acacia wooded grassland. 
Etymologynamed after its type locality. 
  • 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
  • Angel, Fernand 1925. Résultats Scientifiques. Vertebrata. Reptiles et Batraciens. [Mabuia (Mabuiopsis) jeanneli, Lygosoma graueri quinquedigitata, Ablepharus massaiensis]. In: Voyage de Ch. Alluaud et R. Jeannel en Afrique Orientale (1911-1912). - Paris, 2: 1-63.
  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Broadley, Donald G. & Wallach, V. 2007. A revision of the genus Leptotyphlops in northeastern Africa and southwestern Arabia (Serpentes: Leptotyphlopidae). Zootaxa 1408: 1–78 - 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
  • Loveridge, A. 1957. Check list of the reptiles and amphibians of east Africa (Uganda, Kenya, Tanganyika, Zanzibar). Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 117 (2): 153-362 - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - 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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