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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: Leptotyphlopidae
Genus: Leptotyphlops
Species: Leptotyphlops emini

Leptotyphlops emini (Boulenger, 1890)

Type locality: “Volcans de Kivori, Congo-Belge”.

Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2022. Leptotyphlops emini. The Reptile Database. Accessed on 21 October 2018.

Vernacular names
English: Emin Pasha’s Thread Snake

Emin Pasha's worm snake (Leptotyphlops emini) is a species of snake in the family Leptotyphlopidae.[2][3] The species is endemic to northern East Africa.[1]


The specific name, emini, is in honor of German-born physician Eduard Schnitzer, who worked in the Ottoman Empire and became known as Emin Pasha.[4]
Geographic range

L. emini is found in Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.[1]

L. emini is uniformly blackish in color. It has 14 rows of scales around the body. Adults may attain a total length (including tail) of 11 cm (4.3 in).[5]

"Leptotyphlops emini ". The Reptile Database.
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).
"Leptotyphlops ". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 29 August 2007.
Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Leptotyphlops emini, p. 83).

Boulenger GA (1893). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume I. Containing the Families ... Glauconiidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 448 pp. + Plates I-XXVIII. (Glauconia emini, p. 64 + Plate III, figures 8a, 8b, 8c).

Further reading

Boulenger GA (1890). "Description of a new Snake of the Genus Glauconia, Gray, obtained by Dr. Emin Pasha on the Victoria Nyanza". Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Sixth Series 6: 91–93. (Glauconia emini, new species, p. 91).


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