Letheobia wittei (Roux-Estève), Roux-Esteve

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: 48-49

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http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.177278

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scientific name

Letheobia wittei (Roux-Estève)
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Letheobia wittei (Roux-Estève)  

( Fig 5 View FIGURE 5 B)

De Witte’s gracile blind-snake

Typhlops vrydaghi   – (part) Witte 1966: 50.

Rhinotyphlops wittei Roux-Estève 1974   , Mem. Mus. Natn. Hist. Nat., sér. A. Zool. 87: 239, Fig. 179. Type locality: Vandia-Poshe, rég. riv. Liki-Bembe, terr. Libenge, Distr. Ubangi, Prov. Équateur, Zaire [= Democratic Republic of Congo] (ca. 04° 30 ’N, 19 °00’E, elevation 520 m), collected by Cremer & Neumann, 23 August 1948, holotype IRSNB 2511; Roux-Estève 1975: 445; Hahn 1980: 36; Lang 1990: 20; Meirte 1992: 20; McDiarmid et al. 1999: 88. Letheobia wittei   – Chirio & Ineich, 2006: 42.

Description. Snout with an angular horizontal edge. Rostral very broad, rounded posteriorly; frontal very large and deep, crescentic, in broad contact with nasals; supraocular transverse, its lateral apex wedged between preocular and ocular, which is separated from the labials by a very large subocular; eye not visible; nasal suture arising from second labial; SIP II (N 1, P, S, S); scale rows 20 - 20 - 20; MD 501–505; vertebrae 368–374; MD/V ratio 1.35–1.36; L/D ratio 68. Very faintly pigmented.

Size. Largest specimen ( IRSNB 2511 – holotype) 310 mm in total length.

Habitat. Lowland rain forest.

Distribution. Only known from the type locality, opposite Bangui in Libenge Territory, Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of Congo ( Fig. 11 View FIGURE 11 ).

Localities. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Vania-Posche, IRSNB 2511 (holotype), 2512 (paratype).

IRSNB

Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Reptilia

Order

Squamata

Family

Typhlopidae

Genus

Letheobia

Loc

Letheobia wittei (Roux-Estève)

Wallach, Van 2007
2007
Loc

Typhlops vrydaghi

Witte 1966: 50
1966