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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Leptotyphlopidae
Genus: Rhinoleptus
Orejas-Miranda, Roux-Estève & Guibé, 1970
Species: R. koniagui
Binomial name
Rhinoleptus koniagui
(Villiers, 1956)
  • Rhinoleptus - Orejas-Miranda, Roux-Estève & Guibé, 1970

  • Typhlops koniagui - Villiers, 1956
  • Leptotyphlops koniagui - Guibé, Roux-Estève & Villiers, 1967
  • Rhinoleptus koniagui - Orejas-Miranda, Roux-Estève & Guibé, 1970[1]
Common names: Villiers' blind snake.

Rhinoleptus is a monotypic genus created for the blind snake species, R. koniagui, found in West Africa. It is among the smallest snakes in the world. No subspecies are currently recognized.[2]

Geographic range[edit]

Found in West Africa in Senegal (Bonghari and Casamance) and Guinea (Kouroussa and Youkounkoun). The type locality given is "Guinée Francaise: Youkounkoun" (Guinea).[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. 1. Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  2. ^ "Rhinoleptus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 29 August 2007. 

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