Letheobia graueri (Sternfeld)

Wallach, Van, 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, pp. 31-68: 52

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Letheobia graueri (Sternfeld)
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Letheobia graueri (Sternfeld)  

( Fig 6 View FIGURE 6 C)

Grauer’s gracile blind-snake

Typhlops graueri Sternfeld 1912   , Wiss. Ergebn. Deutsch. Zentr.-Afr.-Exped. 1907 –1908, 4: 264. Type locality: Urwald hinter den Randbergen am Nordwestufer des [Lake] Tanganyika [= Democratic Republic of Congo], collected by R. Grauer, 1907–1908, holotype ZMB 27161 View Materials ; Boulenger 1915 a: 197; Werner 1921: 289; Loveridge 1933: 212, 1942: 258; Laurent 1956 a: 78 (part); Witte 1962: 43 (part), 1966: 52, Fig. 7 View FIGURE 7 ; Broadley & Howell 1991: 21.

Typhlops leptosoma   – (not Witte, 1933) Witte 1953: 148 (part, Lubundaye River).

Typhlops kibarae   – (part) Witte 1953: 150 (Kabalo).

Typhlops leptosoma polli Laurent 1956   a, Ann. Mus. Roy. Congo Belge, sér. in 8 vo, Zool. 48: 79. Type locality: Niemba, Terr. Albertville, Tanganyika [= Democratic Republic of Congo] (05° 58 ’S, 28 ° 24 ’E, elevation ca. 2000 m), collected by Gérard, 3 June 1918, holotype MRAC 1985.

Typhlops gracilis   pollI – Laurent 1960: 18.

Typhlops graveri   (sic) – Robb 1966: 677, Fig. 6 View FIGURE 6 .

Rhinotyphlops graueri   , – Roux-Estève 1974: 227, Fig. 163, 1975: 445; Hahn 1980: 31; Meirte 1992: 21; McDiarmid et al. 1999: 80; Slapeta, Necas & Modry 2000: 105, Figs. 1–2 View FIGURE 1 View FIGURE 2 ; Spawls et al. 2002: 296; Spawls et al. 2006: 92.

Description. Snout with an angular horizontal edge. Rostral very broad, truncated posteriorly; frontal crescentic, contacting or separated from the nasals; supraocular transverse, the lateral apex wedged between nasal and ocular, which is separated from the subocular by a small temporal; eye not visible; nasal suture arising from first or second labial; SIP X (N 1, P, S, S); scale rows 24 - 24 - 24; MD 454–622; vertebrae 316–382; MD/V ratio 1.47–1.63; L/D ratio 60–89.

Size. Largest examined ( NMK 1973 – Gombe National Park, Tanzania) 400 mm in total length, but Witte (1966) gives the maximum length as 450 mm.

Habitat. Forest and savanna (miombo woodland). Two specimens ( MCZ 30034 View Materials - 35) were taken in rice paddies at Ruanda, just east of Ujiji ( Loveridge 1933) and in Ujiji specimens were taken beneath rotting debris at base of mango tree and under piles of garden refuse ( Loveridge 1942).

Distribution. Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, western Tanzania, Burundi and western Uganda, 750–2000 m ( Fig. 10 View FIGURE 10 ).

Localities. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Kabalo MRAC 15353; Lubunbaye IRSNB 2057; Niemba MRAC 1985 (holotype of T. leptosoma polli   ); Nyunzu MRAC 18002 -03. TANZANIA. Gombe National Park NMK 1973, 2243, 2245; NMZB 16711; Kasakala NMZB 9623; ( Loveridge, 1933) Ujiji MCZ 48051 View Materials - 56; Uvinza MCZ 54812 View Materials . BURUNDI. Rumonge MRAC 21495 - 96. UGANDA. Semuliki National Park, Toro Province ( Slapeta, Necas & Modry, 2000) ZFMK 63138.

ZMB

Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (Zoological Collections)

MRAC

Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale

NMK

National Museums of Kenya

MCZ

Museum of Comparative Zoology

IRSNB

Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique

NMZB

National Museum of Zimbabwe

ZFMK

Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Reptilia

Order

Squamata

Family

Typhlopidae

Genus

Letheobia

Loc

Letheobia graueri (Sternfeld)

Wallach, Van 2007
2007
Loc

Rhinotyphlops graueri

Spawls 2006: 92
Spawls 2002: 296
Slapeta 2000: 105
Meirte 1992: 21
Hahn 1980: 31
Roux-Esteve 1974: 227
1974
Loc

Typhlops graveri

Robb 1966: 677
1966
Loc

Typhlops gracilis

Laurent 1960: 18
1960
Loc

Typhlops leptosoma

Witte 1953: 148
1953
Loc

Typhlops kibarae

Witte 1953: 150
1953
Loc

Typhlops graueri

Broadley 1991: 21
Witte 1962: 43
Laurent 1956: 78
Loveridge 1933: 212
Werner 1921: 289
Boulenger 1915: 197
1915