Afrotyphlops bibronii

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Afrotyphlops bibronii


Taxonavigation: Typhlopoidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Cladus: Unidentata, Episquamata
Cladus: Toxicofera
Subordo: Serpentes
Superfamilia: Typhlopoidea

Familia: Typhlopidae
Subfamilia: Afrotyphlopinae
Genus: Afrotyphlops
Species: Afrotyphlops bibronii


  • Afrotyphlops bibronii (Smith, 1846)

Lectotype: BMNH 1946.1.11.22 (formerly BMNH 1865.5.8.9), collected by A. Smith between 12 August 1834–4 January 1836. [designated by Roux-Estève (1974: 275)]

Type locality: “country to the northward of Latakoo”, South Africa.


  • Onychocephalus bibronii Smith, 1846: pl. 51 + unnumbered page [original combination]
  • Typhlops bibroniiBoulenger, 1887: 174 [subsequent combination]
  • Rhinotyphlops bibroniiBroadley & Wallach, 2000: 167 [subsequent combination]
  • Afrotyphlops bibroniiBroadley & Wallach, 2009: 35 [subsequent combination]



Primary references

  • Smith, A. 1838–1849. Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa; Consisting Chiefly of Figures and Descriptions of the Objects of Natural History Collected During an Expedition Into the Interior of South Africa, in the Years 1834, 1835, and 1836; Fitted Out by “The Cape of Good Hope Association for Exploring Central Africa.” Published Under the Authority of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Treasury. Reptilia. Vol. 2. Smith, Elder and Co.: London. [100] + 28 pp., pls. 1–78. BHL Reference page
  • 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

  • Boulenger, G.A. 1887. Synopsis of the snakes of South Africa. The Zoologist, London (3)11: 171–182.
  • Branch, W.R. 1997. Typhlops bibronii Bibron's Blind Snake, Size African Herp. News 26: 28.

Vernacular names

English: Bibron's Blind Snake