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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Serpentes
Superfamilia: Typhlopoidea

Familia: Anomalepididae
Genus: Helminthophis
Species: H. flavoterminatus – H. frontalis – H. praeocularis


Helminthophis is a genus of non-venomous blind snakes found in southern Central America and northwestern South America. Currently, 3 monotypic species are recognized.[2]

Geographic range

Found in southern Central America and northwestern South America in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela. According to Hahn (1980), one species has possibly been introduced in Mauritius.[1]

Species[2] Taxon author[2] Common name Geographic range[1]
Helminthophis flavoterminatus (Peters, 1857) South America in Colombia and Venezuela. Possibly introduced in Mauritius.
Helminthophis frontalisT (Peters, 1860) Central America: Costa Rica and Panama.
Helminthophis praeocularis Amaral, 1924 South America: northern Colombia in the inter-Andean areas of Tolima, Santander and Norte de Santander provinces.

T) Type species.[1]

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).
"Helminthophis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 29 August 2007.


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