Leptotyphlops distanti

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Leptotyphlops distanti
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Leptotyphlopidae
Genus: Leptotyphlops
Species: L. distanti
Binomial name
Leptotyphlops distanti
(Boulenger, 1892)
  • Glauconia distanti Boulenger, 1892
  • Leptotyphlops distanti
    Parker, 1936
  • Leptotyphlops conjuncta distanti Bogert, 1940
  • Leptotyphlops distanti
    McDiarmid, Campbell & Touré, 1999[1]

Leptotyphlops distanti is a species of snake in the family Leptotyphlopidae.[2][3] The species, Leptotyphlops distanti, is endemic to Southern Africa.[4]


The specific name, distanti, is in honor of English entomologist William Lucas Distant.[5]

Geographic range[edit]

L. distanti is found in southern Mozambique, South Africa, and Swaziland.[1]


Dorsally, L. distanti is gray-black. Ventrally, it is paler. Adults may attain a snout-vent length (SVL) of 22 cm (8.7 in).[4]


  1. ^ a b "Leptotyphlops distanti ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  2. ^ McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, Volume 1. Washington, District of Columbia: Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  3. ^ "Leptotyphlops". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 29 August 2007. 
  4. ^ a b Branch, Bill. 2004. Field Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Third Revised edition, Second impression. Sanibel Island, Florida: Ralph Curtis Books. 399 pp. ISBN 0-88359-042-5. (Leptotyphlops distanti, p. 57 + Plate 40).
  5. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Leptotyphlops distanti, p. 73).

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA. 1892. "Reptilia and Batrachia". pp. 174–176. In: Distant WL. 1892. A Naturalist in the Transvaal. London: R.H. Porter. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xvi + 277 pp. + Plates I-III. (Glauconia distanti, new species, pp. 175–176, three line drawings).
  • Boulenger GA. 1893. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume I., Containing the Families Typhlopidæ, Glauconiidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 448 pp. + Plates I-XXVIII. (Glauconia distanti, p. 62).