Letheobia rufescens (Chabanaud)

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: 49-50

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Letheobia rufescens (Chabanaud)
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Letheobia rufescens (Chabanaud)  

( Fig 5 View FIGURE 5 C)

Oubangui gracile blind-snake

Typhlops rufescens Chabanaud 1917   , Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris, 22: 365, Figs. 4–6 View FIGURE 4 View FIGURE 5 View FIGURE 6 . Type locality: Congo français [= Haut-Oubangui, Central African Republic], collected by J. Rouchet de Chazotte, 1908, holotype MNHN 1916.262. Typhlops vrydaghi Laurent 1956   , Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr. 53: 249. Type locality: Bambesa-Takpwo, Bas-Uele, Congo [= Democratic Republic of Congo] (03° 23 ’N, 25 ° 47 ’E, elevation 650 m), holotype MRAC 11949; Laurent 1962: 43. Rhinotyphlops rufescens   – Roux-Estève 1974: 230, Fig. 167, 1975: 445; Hahn 1980: 33; Joger 1990: 93, Fig. 5 View FIGURE 5 ; Meirte 1992: 20; McDiarmid et al. 1999: 83.

Letheobia rufescens   – Chirio & Ineich, 2006: 42.

Description. Snout with an angular horizontal edge. Rostral very broad, truncated posteriorly; frontal crescentic, just contacting nasals; supraocular transverse, its 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 II (N 1, P, S, S); scale rows 22 - 20 -20, 20- 20 - 20 or 22 - 20-22; MD 585-656; vertebrae 442-448; MD/ V ratio 1.32–1.38; L/D ratio 69–90. Colourless.

Size. Largest specimen ( MHNN 1895.324 — Haut-Oubangui) 490 mm in total length.

Habitat. Lowland rain forest.

Distribution. Central African Republic and northern Democratic Republic of Congo in the catchments of the Oubangui and Uélé Rivers, 450–650 m ( Figs. 10 View FIGURE 10 & 11 View FIGURE 11 ).

Localities. CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC. Abiras ( Joger 1990); Bangui ( Joger 1990) MNHN 1991.379; ZFMK 40349; Haut-Oubangui MNHN 1895.324, 1916.262 (holotype); Kouki MNHN 1997.3194; Ouazoua MNHN 1997.3197; Sangba MNHN 1995.9606. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Bembesa-Takpwo MRAC 11949 (holotype of T. vrydaghi   ).

MNHN

Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle

MRAC

Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale

MHNN

Neuchatel Musee d'Histoire Naturel

ZFMK

Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Reptilia

Order

Squamata

Family

Typhlopidae

Genus

Letheobia

Loc

Letheobia rufescens (Chabanaud)

Wallach, Van 2007
2007
Loc

Letheobia rufescens

Chirio 2006: 42
2006