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Leptotyphlops latirostris (STERNFELD, 1912)

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Higher TaxaLeptotyphlopidae, Leptotyphlopinae, Leptotyphlopini, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Uvira worm snake 
SynonymGlauconia latirostris STERNFELD 1912: 264
Leptotyphlops conjunctus latirostris — LAURENT 1956: 368
Leptotyphlops latirostris — BROADLEY & WALLACH 2007: 63
Leptotyphlops latirostris — WALLACH et al. 2014: 274
Leptotyphlops latirostris — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 368 
DistributionE Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire; Northern shores of Lake Tanganyika and the Ruzizi valley), W Burundi, 700–1000 m elevation (fide BROADLEY & WALLACH 2007)

Type locality: northwest shore of Lake Tanganyika, elevation above 775 m [= E Kivu Region, Democratic Republic of the Congo].  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 22376, collected by R. Grauer, 1907–08; Boulenger, 1915a: 198 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A member of the Leptotyphlops scutifrons group with 12 scale rows around the tail. The rostral is broad, resembling that of L. s. merkeri rather than L. s. pitmani, but is more tapered posteriorly. This appears to be the smallest form in the L. scutifrons complex, the 155 mm holotype being the largest known specimen.
CommentHabitat: Savanna below 1000 m, a mosaic of East African evergreen bushland and secondary Acacia wooded grassland, but now largely converted to cultivation steppe. 
  • 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
  • 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
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • Sternfeld, R. 1912. IV. Zoologie II. Lfg. Reptilia. In: Schubotz., R. (ed.): Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der Deutschen Zentral-Afrika Expedition 1907- 1908, unter Führung A. Friedrichs, Herzogs zu Mecklenburg. Klinkhard und Biermann, Leipzig: 197-279 [published 1912, not 1913, as often cited, see Männel & Kucharzewski 2017] - 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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