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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: Typhlopidae
Subfamilia: Afrotyphlopinae
Genus: Afrotyphlops
Species (28): A. angolensis – A. anomalus – A. bibronii – A. blanfordii – A. brevis – A. calabresii – A. chirioi – A. congestus – A. cuneirostris – A. elegans – A. fornasinii – A. gierrai – A. kaimosae – A. liberiensis – A. lineolatus – A. mucruso – A. nanus – A. nigrocandidus – A. obtusus – A. platyrhynchus – A. punctatus – A. rondoensis – A. rouxestevae – A. schlegelii – A. schmidti – A. steinhausi – A. tanganicanus – A. usambaricus

Afrotyphlops Broadley & Wallach, 2009: 26

Type species: Acontias punctatus Leach in Bowdich, 1819, by original designation.

Megatyphlops Broadley & Wallach, 2009: 47 [synonymised by Hedges et al. (2014: 29)]

Type species: Onychocephalus mucruso Peters, 1854, by original designation.
Primary references

Broadley, D.G. & Wallach, V. 2009. A review of the eastern and southern African blind-snakes (Serpentes: Typhlopidae), excluding Letheobia Cope, with the description of two new genera and a new species. Zootaxa 2255: 1–100. Abstract & excerpt Reference page.

Additional references

Broadley, D.G. & Wallach, V. 2000. A new blind snake (Serpentes, Typhlopidae) from montane forests of the Eastern Arc Mountains in Tanzania. African Journal of Herpetology 49(2): 165–168. DOI: 10.1080/21564574.2000.9635442 Reference page.
Hedges, S.B., Marion, A.B., Lipp, K.M., Marin, J. & Vidal, N. 2014. A taxonomic framework for typhlopid snakes from the Caribbean and other regions (Reptilia, Squamata). Caribbean Herpetology 49: 1–61. Full article (PDF). Reference page.
Pyron, R.A. & Wallach, V. 2014. Systematics of the blindsnakes (Serpentes: Scolecophidia: Typhlopoidea) based on molecular and morphological evidence. Zootaxa 3829(1): 1–81. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3829.1.1 Reference page.
Trape, J.-F. 2019. Scolecophidiens (Squamata : Ophidia) nouveaux d’Afrique centrale (In French). Bulletin de la Société Herpétologique de France 169: 27–44. Reference page.


Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2021. Afrotyphlops . The Reptile Database. Accessed on 1 January 2019.

Afrotyphlops is a genus of snakes in the family Typhlopidae.


The 26 species of this genus are found in sub-Saharan Africa.[1]

The following species are recognized as being valid.[1]

Angola blind snake (Afrotyphlops angolensis Bocage, 1866)
Angolan giant blind snake (Afrotyphlops anomalus Bocage, 1873)
Bibron's blind snake (Afrotyphlops bibronii A. Smith, 1846)
Blanford's blind snake (Afrotyphlops blanfordii Boulenger, 1889)
Somali giant blind snake (Afrotyphlops brevis Scortecci, 1929)
Calabresi's blind snake (Afrotyphlops calabresii Gans & Laurent, 1965)
Chirio's blind snake (Afrotyphlops chirioi Trape, 2019)
Blotched blind snake (Afrotyphlops congestus A.M.C. Duméril & Bibron, 1844)
Wedge-snouted blind snake (Afrotyphlops cuneirostris W. Peters, 1879)
Elegant blind snake (Afrotyphlops elegans W. Peters, 1868)
Fornasini's blind snake (Afrotyphlops fornasinii Bianconi, 1847)
Gierra's blind snake (Afrotyphlops gierrai Mocquard, 1897)
Kaimosi blind snake (Afrotyphlops kaimosae Loveridge, 1935)
Liberian blind snake (Afrotyphlops liberiensis Hallowell, 1848)
Lined blind snake (Afrotyphlops lineolatus Jan, 1864)
African giant blind snake (Afrotyphlops mucruso W. Peters, 1854)
Kenyan dwarf blind snake (Afrotyphlops nanus Broadley & Wallach, 2009)
Bicoloured blind snake (Afrotyphlops nigrocandidus Broadley & Wallach, 2000)
Malawi blind snake (Afrotyphlops obtusus W. Peters, 1865)
Tanga blind snake (Afrotyphlops platyrhynchus Sternfeld, 1910)
Spotted blind snake (Afrotyphlops punctatus Leach, 1819)
Rondo blind snake (Afrotyphlops rondoensis Loveridge, 1942)
Roux-Estève's blind snake (Afrotyphlops rouxestevae Trape, 2019)
Schlegel's giant blind snake (Afrotyphlops schlegelii Bianconi, 1847)
Schmidt's blind snake (Afrotyphlops schmidti Laurent, 1956)
Steinhaus's blind snake (Afrotyphlops steinhausi F. Werner, 1909)
Liwale blind snake (Afrotyphlops tanganicanus Laurent, 1964)
Usambara blotched blind snake (Afrotyphlops usambaricus Laurent, 1964)

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

Genus Afrotyphlops at The Reptile Database.

Further reading

Broadley DG, Wallach V (2009). "A review of the eastern and southern African blind-snakes (Serpentes: Typhlopidae), excluding Letheobia Cope, with the description of two new genera and a new species". Zootaxa 2255: 1-100. (Afrotyphlops, new genus, p. 26; Afrotyphlops nanus, new species, p. 32).


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