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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Afrotyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SubspeciesAfrotyphlops schlegelii schlegelii (BIANCONI 1849)
Afrotyphlops schlegelii petersii (BOCAGE 1873) 
Common Namesschlegelii: Schlegel's Beaked Blind Snake, Schlegel's Giant Blind Snake
petersii: Peter's Giant Blind Snake, Schlegel's Beaked Blind Snake, Peter’s phase 
SynonymTyphylops [sic] schlegelii BIANCONI 1849: 106
Typhlops schlegelii BIANCONI 1850: 183
Typhlops Schlegelii — JAN 1864
Typhlops schlegelii — BOULENGER 1893: 44
Rhinotyphlops schlegelii — LARGEN & RASMUSSEN 1993
Rhinotyphlops schlegelii — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 84
Megatyphlops schlegelii — BROADLEY & WALLACH 2009
Megatyphlops schlegelii — BROADLEY & BLAYLOCK 2013
Afrotyphlops schlegelii — HEDGES et al. 2014
Megatyphlops schlegelii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 431
Megatyphlops schlegelii — BATES et al. 2014: 313
Megatyphlops schlegelii — KOBER 2015
Afrotyphlops schlegelii — SCHLEICHER 2020
Afrotyphlops schlegelii — PIETERSEN et al. 2021

Afrotyphlops schlegelii schlegelii (BIANCONI 1849)
Typhlops Schlegelii BIANCONI 1849: 106
Onychocephalus schlegelii — PETERS 1860
Typhlops schlegelii schlegelii — LOVERIDGE 1933: 214
Typhlops schlegelii schlegelii — BOYCOTT 1992
Typhlops schlegelii schlegelii — BAUER et al. 1993
Rhinotyphlops schlegelii schlegelii — ROUX-ESTÈVE 1974: 164
Rhinotyphlops schlegelii schlegelii — AUERBACH 1987: 145

Afrotyphlops schlegelii petersii (BOCAGE 1873)
Onychocephalus petersii BOCAGE 1873: 248
Typhlops (Onychocephalus) humbo BOCAGE 1886: 171
Typhlops humbo — BOULENGER 1893: 46
Typhlops hottentotus BOCAGE 1893: 117
Typhlops humbo — WERNER 1910: 353
Rhinotyphlops schlegelii petersii — ROUX-ESTÈVE 1974
Rhinotyphlops schlegelii petersii — AUERBACH 1987: 147
Afrotyphlops schlegelii petersii — SCHLEICHER 2015
Afrotyphlops schlegelii petersii — ULLENBRUCH 2020 
DistributionS Mozambique, Republic of South Africa, Swaziland, SW Angola, SW Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) [CHIFUNDERA 1990], N Namibia, Botswana, S Zimbabwe

Type locality: “Mozambico” [= Mozambique]  
TypesHolotype: MZUB (listed as IBI in Wallach et al. 2014), collected by C. Fornasini.
Syntype: lost, was MB 1868 (destroyed), according to Hahn (1980:35) [petersii] 
DiagnosisDescription in BROADLEY & WALLACH 2009. 
CommentSubspecific classification according to HAHN 1980.

Rhinotyphlops schlegelii mucruso (PETERS 1854) as well as R. s. brevis are now considered as a full species by most authors.

Distribution: not in N Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya (replaced by T. mucruso there); not in Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia fide Wallach et al. 2014. 
EtymologyNamed after Hermann Schlegel (1804-1884), German herpetologist. 
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