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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Anomalepididae
Genus: Liotyphlops
W. Peters, 1881
  • Rhinotyphlops
    W. Peters, 1857
  • Liotyphlops
    W. Peters, 1881[1]

Liotyphlops is a genus of blind snakes found in Central and South America. Currently, ten species are recognized.[2][3]

Geographic range[edit]

Found in Central and South America from Costa Rica to Paraguay.[1]


Species[2] Taxon author[2] Common name Geographic range[1]
L. albirostrisT (W. Peters, 1857) Southern Central America, including Costa Rica and Panama, and northern South America in Colombia, Ecuador and north-central Venezuela. Also found on the island of Curaçao.
L. anops (Cope, 1899) Colombia in the departments of Meta, Santander and Cundinamarca.
L. argaleus Dixon & Kofron, 1984 Colombia: Cundinamarca Department.
L. beui (Amaral, 1924) Brazil (from Pará to Mato Grosso), eastern Paraguay and Argentina.
L. schubarti Vanzolini, 1948 Brazil: Pirassununga in São Paulo.
L. ternetzii (Boulenger, 1896) Brazil (Pará, Goiás, São Paulo and Mato Grosso), Paraguay and Uruguay.
L. wilderi (Garman, 1883) Brazil in Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro.

T) Type species.[1]

In the 21st century three additional new species have been described.[3]

Nota bene: A taxon author in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Liotyphlops.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré TA (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).
  2. ^ a b c "Liotyphlops". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 29 August 2007. 
  3. ^ a b "Liotyphlops ". The Reptile Database.

Further reading[edit]

  • Peters W (1881). "Einige herpetologische Mittheilungen. 1. Uebersicht der zu den Familien der Typhlopes und Stenostomi gehörigen Gattungen oder Untergattungen ". Sitzungberichte der Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin 1881 (4): 69-71. (Liotyphlops, new genus, p. 69). (in German).
  • Freiberg M (1882). Snakes of South America. Hong Kong: T.F.H. Publications. 189 pp. ISBN 0-87666-912-7. (Genus Liotyphlops, pp. 84, 86 + drawing of head scalation on p. 84).
  • Goin CJ, Goin OB, Zug GR (1978). Introduction to Herpetology, Third Edition. San Francisco: W.H. Freeman. xi + 378 pp. ISBN 0-7167-0020-4. (Genus Liotyphlops, p. 311).

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