Letheobia lumbriciformis (Peters)

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: 54-55

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Letheobia lumbriciformis (Peters)
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Letheobia lumbriciformis (Peters)  

( Fig 7 View FIGURE 7 C)

Zanzibar gracile blind-snake

Onychocephalus (Letheobia) lumbriciformis Peters 1874   , Mber. Königl. Akad Wiss. Berlin 1874: 377. Type locality: Küste Zanzibar [= Zanzibar coast, Tanzania], collected by J. M. Hildebrandt, syntypes ZMB 8045 & 63440 (orig. ZMB 8045 a).

Typhlops lumbriciformis   – Boulenger 1893: 54, 1915b: 616; Tornier 1896: 66; Sternfeld 1908 b: 242, 1910: 10; Werner 1921: 331; Barbour & Loveridge 1928: 104; Loveridge 1936: 228, 1942: 259, 1957: 245; Moreau & Pakenham 1942: 62; Broadley & Howell 1991: 21.

Typhlops kleebergi Werner 1904   , Zool. Anz. 27: 464. Type locality: Usambara, Deutsch-Ostafrika [= Tanzania], holotype ZMB 18088 View Materials ; Werner 1921: 290; Werner 1921: 290; Barbour & Loveridge 1928: 104.

Rhinotyphlops lumbriciformis   – Roux-Estève 1974: 221, Fig. 155, 1975: 445; Spawls 1978: 2; Hahn 1980: 32; Pakenham 1983: 21; Meirte 1992: 20; McDiarmid et al. 1999: 82; Spawls et al. 2002: 295; Spawls et al. 2006: 92.

Description. Snout with an angular horizontal edge. Rostral very broad, truncated posteriorly; frontal very broad, subhexagonal, in contact with nasals; supraocular transverse, its lateral apex between nasal and the small ocular, whose lateral apex is wedged between the preocular and the very small subocular; eye not visible; nasal suture asising from second labial; SIP X (N 1, P, P, S); scale rows 18 - 18 - 18; MD 490–607; vertebrae 333–394; MD/V ratio 1.47–1.61; L/D ratio 43–83. Lightly pigmented with pale brown above, colourless below.

Size. Largest specimen ( ZMB 8045 – Zanzibar coast, syntype) 445 mm in total length.

Habitat. Coastal savanna and the dry Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. Specimens were plowed up in sisal plantations and secured in gardens and cotton plantations after heavy rain ( Loveridge 1936, 1942).

Distribution. Coastal areas of Kenya and northeastern Tanzania, including Zanzibar Island, 0– 55 m ( Fig. 10 View FIGURE 10 ).

Localities. KENYA. Changamwe USNM 43097; Gongoni MCZ 40071 View Materials ; Malindi MCZ 40072 View Materials - 74; Mkonumbi ( Loveridge 1936) MCZ 40070 View Materials ; Mombasa NMK 3025; Mtwapa ( Spawls 1978); Sokoke Forest MCZ 39951 View Materials . TANZANIA. Amboni MCZ 48045 View Materials - 47; Kilulu Forest Reserve, Tanga NMZB 11858; Usambara ZMB 18088 View Materials (holotype of T. kleebergi   ); Zanzibar coast ZMB 8045 - 45 a (syntypes); Sansibar & Sansibarküste [ Zanzibar] ( Tornier 1896); Zanzibar Island ( Pakenham 1983) MCZ 46115 View Materials .

ZMB

Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (Zoological Collections)

USNM

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

MCZ

Museum of Comparative Zoology

NMK

National Museums of Kenya

NMZB

National Museum of Zimbabwe

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Reptilia

Order

Squamata

Family

Typhlopidae

Genus

Letheobia

Loc

Letheobia lumbriciformis (Peters)

Wallach, Van 2007
2007
Loc

Rhinotyphlops lumbriciformis

Spawls 2006: 92
Spawls 2002: 295
Meirte 1992: 20
Pakenham 1983: 21
Hahn 1980: 32
Spawls 1978: 2
Roux-Esteve 1974: 221
1974
Loc

Typhlops kleebergi

Barbour 1928: 104
Werner 1921: 290
Werner 1921: 290
1921
Loc

Typhlops lumbriciformis

Broadley 1991: 21
Loveridge 1936: 228
Barbour 1928: 104
Werner 1921: 331
Sternfeld 1908: 242
Tornier 1896: 66
Boulenger 1893: 54
1893