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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: Rhinoleptus
Species: Rhinoleptus koniagui

Rhinoleptus koniagui (Villiers, 1956)

Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2022. Rhinoleptus koniagui. The Reptile Database. Accessed on 5 January 2020.
Jallow, M. & Trape, J. 2013. IUCN: Rhinoleptus koniagui (Least Concern). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T13292248A13292265. DOI: 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-1.RLTS.T13292248A13292265.en

Vernacular names
English: Villiers' Blind Snake

Rhinoleptus koniagui, also known commonly as Villiers's blind snake, is a species of snake in the family Leptotyphlopidae. The species, which is indigenous to West Africa, is monotypic in the genus Rhinoleptus. It is among the smallest snakes in the world. There are no subspecies that are recognized as being valid.[3]
Geographic range

R. koniagui is found in West Africa in Senegal (Bonghari and Casamance) and Guinea (Kouroussa and Youkounkoun). The type locality given is "Guinée Francaise: Youkounkoun" (Guinea).[2][4]

The preferred natural habitats of R. koniagui are forest and savanna, at altitudes from sea level to 450 m (1,480 ft).[1]

R. koniagui is oviparous.[4]

Jallow, M.; Trape, J. (2013). "Rhinoleptus koniagui". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2013: e.T13292248A13292265. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-1.RLTS.T13292248A13292265.en. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T (1999). Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. 1. Washington, District of Columbia: Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
"Rhinoleptus ". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 29 August 2007.

Rhinoleptus koniagui at the Reptile Database

Further reading

Orejas-Miranda B, Roux-Estève R, Guibé J (1970). "Un nouveau genre de Leptotyphlopides (Ophidia) Rhinoleptus koniagui (Villiers)". Comunicaciones Zoológicas del Museo de Historia Natural de Montevideo 10 (127): 1–4. (Rhinoleptus, new genus). (in French).
Villiers A (1956). "Le Parc National du Niokolo-Koba 1 : V. Reptiles ". Mémoires du l'Institut Français d'Afrique Noir, Dakar 48: 143–162. (Typhlops koniagui, new species). (in French).


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