Selasa, 26 Mei 2015

Xenotyphlops is the only genus of the family Xenotyphlopidae, comprising two species. They are found in Madagascar.

Physical characteristics

Members of this genus are distinguishable externally from the Typhlopidae by possessing a greatly enlarged and nearly circular rostral shield. This shield is nearly vertical in a lateral aspect, as a result the two species have a "bull-dozer" appearance. Xenotyphlops species are internally unique in that (1) they lack a tracheal and (2) possess an unexpanded tracheal membrane.

Geographic range

These snakes are found only from the type locality, which is "Madagascar", and the type specimens.


  • Xenotyphlops grandidieri
  • Xenotyphlops mocquardi

See also

  • List of typhlopid species and subspecies.
  • Typhlopidae by common name.
  • Typhlopidae by taxonomic synonyms.



External links

  • Xenotyphlops at the Reptile Database

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