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Myriopholis algeriensis (JACQUET, 1896)

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Higher TaxaLeptotyphlopidae, Leptotyphlopinae, Myriopholini, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymGlauconia algeriensis JACQUET 1896
Glauconia natatrix ANDERSSON 1937: 7
Leptotyphlops natatrix — HAHN & WALLACH 1998
Leptotyphlops macrorhynchus algeriensis — HAHN & WALLACH 1998
Leptotyphlops natatrix — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 38
Leptotyphlops algeriensis — TRAPE 2002
Myriopholis natatrix — ADALSTEINSSON, BRANCH, TRAPE, VITT & HEDGES 2009
Myriopholis algeriensis — ADALSTEINSSON, BRANCH, TRAPE, VITT & HEDGES 2009
Myriopholis algeriensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 463
Myriopholis algeriensis — TRAPE & MANÉ 2017
Myriopholis algeriensis — CHIPPAUX & JACKSON 2019
Myriopholis natatrix — CHIPPAUX & JACKSON 2019 
DistributionS Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, N Mali, NE Niger, Gambia

Type locality: Hammam Salahin, 6 km au nord de Biskra, Algeria.

natatrix: Gambia; Type locality: Tobo swamp, Gambia.  
TypesHolotype: unlocated (McDiarmid et al. 1999: 36), may be in INCDS (fide Wallach et al. 2014: 463), originally in IACB = INCDS (fide M. Sabaj, pers. comm., 21 Nov 2018).
Holotype: NRM = Naturhistoriska Rijksmuseum, Stockholm [natatrix] 
CommentSynonymy: Has been synonymized previously with Leptotyphlops macrorhynchus (e.g. BOULENGER 1920). Listed in SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996 as synonym of Leptotyphlops macrorhynchus.

Distribution: For a map see Sindaco et al. 2013. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
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  • Anderson, L.G. 1937. Reptiles and Batrachians collected in the Gambia by Gustav Svensson and Birger Rudebeck. Arkiv för Zoologi 29 (16): 1-28
  • BOUAZZA, ABDELLAH; EL HASSAN EL MOUDEN & ABDESLAM RIHANE 2021. Checklist of amphibians and reptiles of Morocco: A taxonomic update and standard Arabic names. Herpetology Notes 14: 1-14. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1919. A List of the snakes of West Africa from Mauritania to the French Congo. Proc. zool. Soc. London, 1919: 267-298 - 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
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  • Geniez, Philippe 2018. Snakes of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Princeton University Press, 384 pp. - 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
  • Jacquet, Maurice 1896. Sur la présence d’un Typhlops en Algérie. Bibliographie Anatomique, Paris & Nancy 4 (2): 79-81 - get paper here
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