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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 leucocephalus

Rhinotyphlops leucocephalus (Parker, 1930)

Holotype: BMNH 1946.1.11.96 (formerly BMNH 1930.5.9.11), collected by R.H.R. Taylor between 1925–1930.

Type locality: “Las Anod (8º28’N. x 47°21’E.), 2400 ft., British Somaliland”.

Typhlops leucocephalus Parker, 1930: 605 [original combination]
Rhinotyphlops leucocephalus — Roux-Estève, 1974: 183 [subsequent combination]

Primary references

Parker, H.W. 1930. Three new Reptiles from Somaliland. Annals and Magazine of Natural History Series 10, 6: 603–606.

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 leucocephalus. The Reptile Database. Accessed on 3 January 2019.

Vernacular names
English: White-headed Beaked Blind Snake

Rhinotyphlops leucocephalus is a species of snakes in the Typhlopidae family.[2][3] It is endemic to Africa.[4]

The Reptile Database.
McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. 1. Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
"Rhinotyphlops". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 29 August 2007.

The Reptile Database.

Further reading

Parker, H.W. 1930. Three new Reptiles from Somaliland. Annals and Magazine of Natural History. Series 10, Volume 6, pp. 603–606.


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