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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: Trilepida
Species (12): T. affinis – T. anthracina – T. brasiliensis – T. brevissima – T. dugandi – T. fuliginosa – T. guayaquilensis – T. joshuai – T. koppesi – T. macrolepis – T. nicefori – T. salgueiroi

Trilepida Hedges, 2011
Authority for current placement: original
undisputed by all subsequent authorities
Gender: [feminine]
Original status: valid genus
Type species: Stenosoma macrolepis Peters, 1858
Fixation: original designation [p. 63]


Hedges, S.B. 2011: The type species of the threadsnake genus Tricheilostoma Jan revisited (Squamata, Leptotyphlopidae). Zootaxa, 3027: 63–64. Preview PDF


ION [no record]
Nomenclator Zoologicus [no record]

Trilepida is a genus of snakes in the family Leptotyphlopidae.

Geographic range

Species in the genus Trilepida are native to northern South America and Panama.[1]

All of the species in the genus Trilepida were previously placed in the genus Leptotyphlops.

The genus contains the following species which are recognized as being valid.[1]

Trilepida affinis (Boulenger, 1884) – Venezuela blind snake
Trilepida anthracina (Bailey, 1946) – Bailey's blind snake
Trilepida brasiliensis (Laurent, 1949) – Brazilian blind snake
Trilepida brevissima (Shreve, 1964) – Caqueta blind snake
Trilepida dimidiata (Jan, 1861) – dainty blind snake
Trilepida dugandi (Dunn, 1944) – Dugand's blind snake
Trilepida fuliginosa (Passos, Caramaschi & Pinto, 2006)
Trilepida guayaquilensis (Orejas-Miranda & J. Peters, 1970) – Guayaquila blind snake
Trilepida jani (Pinto & Fernandes, 2012)
Trilepida joshuai (Dunn, 1944) – Joshua's blind snake
Trilepida koppesi (Amaral, 1955) – Amaral's blind snake
Trilepida macrolepis (W. Peters, 1858) – big-scaled blind snake
Trilepida nicefori (Dunn, 1946) – Santander blind snake
Trilepida pastusa (Salazar-Valenzuela, Martins, Amador-Oyola & Torres-Carvajal, 2015)
Trilepida salgueiroi (Amaral, 1955) – Espírito Santo blind snake

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Trilepida.

Genus Trilepida at The Reptile Database.

Further reading

Hedges, S. Blair (2011). "The type species of the threadsnake genus Tricheilostoma Jan revisited (Squamata, Leptotyphlopidae)". Zootaxa 3027: 63-64. (Trilepida, new genus, p. 63).


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