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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: Rhinotyphlops
Species: Rhinotyphlops ataeniatus

Rhinotyphlops ataeniatus (Boulenger, 1912)

Syntypes (3): BMNH 1946.1.10.78 (formerly BMNH 1912.6.6.12) and MSNG (2 specimens), collected by C. Citerni between March–July 1911.

Type locality: “Dolo, la frontiera Italo-Etiopica”.

Typhlops unitaeniatus ataeniatus Boulenger, 1912: 331 [original combination, as subspecies]
Typhlops ataeniatus — Gans & Laurent, 1965: 59 [subsequent combination, elevate to species]
Rhinotyphlops unitaeniatus ataeniatus — Largen, 1978: 59 [subsequent combination, reduce to subspecies]
Rhinotyphlops ataeniatus — Wallach, 1994: 219 [subsequent combination, restaure to species]
Letheobia ataeniata — Broadley & Wallach, 2007: 56 [subsequent combination]

Primary references

Boulenger, G.A. 1912. Missione per la frontiera Italo—Etiopica sotto il comando del Capitano Carlo Citerni. Risultati zoologici. List of the reptiles and batrachians. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova Serie 3, 5: 329–332.
Broadley, D.G. & Wallach, V. 2007. A review of East and Central African species of Letheobia Cope, revived from the synonymy of Rhinotyphlops Fitzinger, with descriptions of five new species (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Zootaxa 1515: 31–68. Abstract & excerpt. Reference page.

Additional references

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.


Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2022. Rhinotyphlops ataeniatus. The Reptile Database. Accessed on 3 January 2019.

Vernacular names
English: Somali Beaked Blind Snake


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