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Namibiana latifrons (STERNFELD, 1908)

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Higher TaxaLeptotyphlopidae, Leptotyphlopinae, Leptotyphlopini, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Benguela Worm Snake, Sternfeld’s Thread Snake 
SynonymGlauconia latifrons STERNFELD 1908: 94
Glauconia latifrons — STERNFELD 1910: 53
Leptotyphlops latifrons — BROADLEY & BROADLEY 1999: 13
Leptotyphlops latifrons — BROADLEY & WALLACH 2007: 69
Namibiana latifrons — ADALSTEINSSON, BRANCH, TRAPE, VITT & HEDGES 2009
Namibiana latifrons — WALLACH et al. 2014: 473 
DistributionSW coast of Angola

Type locality: Benguela, Angola [lectotype]  
Reproductionoviparous (manual imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1864.6.14.5, designated by Broadley and Watson (1976:483). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Skull with paired parietals with a small foramen on the midline. There is an anterior supralabial and the posterior supralabial does not reach the level of the eye. Middorsals 293-35; subcaudals 21-3; 1 scale rows on tail; total length/diameter ratio 66-78; total length/tail ratio 12.-2.9. Snout rounded. Pale brown above, white below [from BROADLEY 1999]. 
CommentSynonymy: McDIARMID et al. (1999) listed this species as a synonym of L. scutifrons.

Sternfeld (198:94) proposed Glauconia latifrons for the specimens described as Glauconia scutifrons by Boulenger (1893:68). 
EtymologyNamed after New Latin latus (= "broad") and frōns (= "forehead, front"). It is probably a reference to broad forehead of the species. 
  • 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
  • Boundy, J. 2014. COMMENTS ON SOME AFRICAN TAXA OF LEPTOTYPHLOPID SNAKES. Occ. Pap. Mus. Nat. Sci. Louisiana State Univ. 84: 1-8
  • Broadley, Donald G. & Broadley, Sheila 1999. A review of the Arican wormsnakes from South of Latitude 12°S (Serpentes: Leptotyphlopidae). Syntarsus 5: 1-36
  • 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
  • Marques, Mariana P.; Luis M. P. Ceríaco , David C. Blackburn , and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. Diversity and Distribution of the Amphibians and Terrestrial Reptiles of Angola -- Atlas of Historical and Bibliographic Records (1840–2017). Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 4) 65: 1-501 (Supplement II)
  • Sternfeld, R. 1908. Neue und ungenügend bekannte afrikanische Schlangen. S. Ber. Ges. naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 4: 92-95 - get paper here
  • Sternfeld, R. 1910. Zur Schlangenfauna Deutsch-Südwestafrikas. Mehrere Fälle von Mimikry bei afrikanischen Schlangen. Mitt. zool. Mus. Berlin, 5: 51-60 - 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.
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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