Letheobia sudanensis (Schmidt)

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: 53

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Letheobia sudanensis (Schmidt)
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Letheobia sudanensis (Schmidt)  

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Garamba gracile blind-snake

Typhlops sudanensis Schmidt 1923   , Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 49: 51, Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 . Type locality: Faradje (contra Schmidt 1923: 4, who erroneously lists the type locality as Garamba), Sudan [= Ituri, Democratic Republic of Congo] (03° 43 ’N, 29 ° 42 ’E, elevation 820 m), collected by H. Lang and J. P. Chapin, November 1911, holotype AMNH 11677; Laurent 1956 b: 250; Witte 1962: 42, 1966: 37; Pitman 1974: 64.

Rhinotyphlops sudanensis   – Roux-Estève 1974: 233, Fig. 171, 1975: 445; Hahn 1980: 36; Hughes 1983: 354; Meirte 1992: 21; McDiarmid et al. 1999: 87.

Description. Snout with an angular horizontal edge. Rostral very broad, truncated posteriorly; frontal crescentic, in contact with nasals; supraocular transverse, its lateral apex wedged between a very large nasal and a deep ocular, which in turn is wedged between the preocular and subocular; eye not visible; nasal suture arising from second labial; SIP X (N 1 /N 2, P, P, S), one paratype ( AMNH 11680) with SIP II (N 2, P, P, S) and another paratype ( MCZ 13599 View Materials ) with an aberrant SIP III-S (N 2, P, P, S) on one side of head; scale rows 26 - 24 - 24 (rarely 24 - 24 - 24); MD 569–660; vertebrae 366–412; MD/V ratio 1.49–1.62; L/D ratio 57–95. Colourless.

Size. Largest size (Garamba National Park, D.R.C. – Witte 1966) 520 mm in total length.

Habitat. Mosaic of lowland rain forest and secondary grassland (Sudanese savanna). The type series was ”dug by workmen from under a hillock, about 5 feet below the surface of the ground” (H. Lang in Schmidt 1923).

Distribution. Northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, 700–1300 m ( Figs. 10 View FIGURE 10 & 11 View FIGURE 11 ).

Localities. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Bagbele ( Witte 1962); Faradje AMNH 11677 (holotype), 11678 - 81 (paratypes); MCZ 13599 View Materials ; MRAC 3232; Garamba AMNH 11682 (paratype); Garamba National Park ( Witte 1962) IRSNB 491, 704, 1271, 2525, 4078, 2209/ 8; Tuku River, Niangara ( Laurent 1956 b) MRAC 2305.

AMNH

American Museum of Natural History

MCZ

Museum of Comparative Zoology

MRAC

Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale

IRSNB

Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Reptilia

Order

Squamata

Family

Typhlopidae

Genus

Letheobia

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Letheobia sudanensis (Schmidt)

Wallach, Van 2007
2007
Loc

Rhinotyphlops sudanensis

Meirte 1992: 21
Hughes 1983: 354
Hahn 1980: 36
Roux-Esteve 1974: 233
1974