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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
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: Namibiana
Species: Namibiana latifrons

Namibiana latifrons (Sternfeld, 1908)

Lectotype: BMNH 1864.6.14.5, collected by J.J. Monteiro between 1861–1864. [designated by Broadley & Watson (1976: 483)]

Type locality: “Benguela”, Angola.

Paralectotype: BMNH 1864.6.14.6; same locality as lectotype. [designated by Broadley & Watson (1976: 483)]

Glauconia latifrons Sternfeld, 1908: 94 [original combination]
Leptotyphlops latifrons — Broadley & Watson, 1976: 483 [subsequent combination]
Namibiana latifrons — Adalsteinsson, Branch, Trape, Vitt & Hedges, 2009: 13 [subsequent combination]

Primary references

Sternfeld, R. 1908. Neue und ungenügend bekannte afrikanische Schlangen. Sitzungsberichte der Gesellschaft naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin 1908(4): 92–95. BHL Reference page.
Broadley, D.G. & Watson, G. 1976. A revision of the Worm Snakes of southeastern Africa (Serpentes: Leptotyphlopidae). Occasional papers of the National Museums and Monuments of Rhodesia. Series B, Natural sciences 5(8): 465–510. Reference page.
Adalsteinsson, S.A., Branch, W.R., Trape, S., Vitt, L.J. & Hedges, S.B. 2009. Molecular phylogeny, classification, and biogeography of snakes of the Family Leptotyphlopidae (Reptilia, Squamata). Zootaxa 2244: 1–50. Abstract & excerpt. Reference page.

Additional references

Broadley, D.G. & Broadley, S. 1999. A review of the African worm snakes from south of latitude 12°S (Serpentes: Leptotyphlopidae). Syntarsus 5: 1–36. Reference page.


Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2022. Namibiana latifrons. The Reptile Database. Accessed on 19 April 2018.

Vernacular names
English: Benguela Thread Snake

Namibiana latifrons, also known as the Benguela worm snake or Sternfeld's threadsnake, is a species of snake in the family Leptotyphlopidae. It is endemic to the southwestern coast of Angola.[1]

Namibiana latifrons at the Reptile Database. Accessed 13 September 2018.


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