Afrotyphlops punctatus

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Taxonavigation: Typhlopoidea 

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: Afrotyphlops punctatus


  • Afrotyphlops punctatus (Leach, 1819)

Holotype: BMNH 1946.1.11.47, collected by T.E. Bowditch between April 1817–October 1818.

Type locality: “Fantee [=Fanti]”, Ghana.


  • Acontias punctatus Leach in Bowdich, 1819: 493 [original combination]
  • Onychophis punctataGray, 1845: 133 [subsequent combination]
  • Typhlops punctatusBoulenger, 1893: 42 [subsequent combination]
  • Afrotyphlops punctatusBroadley & Wallach, 2009: 38 [subsequent combination]


Primary references[edit]

  • Leach, W.E. 1819. Appendix No. IV. Dr. Leach's Notice of Reptiles, Insects etc. pp. 493–496 in Bowdich, T.E. Mission from Cape Coast Castle to Ashantee, with a statistical account of that kingdom, geographical notices of other parts of the interior of Africa. John Murray: London. BHL
  • 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


Vernacular names[edit]

English: Spotted Blind Snake