Letheobia erythraea (Scortecci)

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: 61

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Letheobia erythraea (Scortecci)
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Letheobia erythraea (Scortecci)  

( Fig 9 View FIGURE 9 C)

Eritrean gracile blind-snake

Typhlos (sic) erythraeus Scortecci 1928   , Atti Soc. Ital. Sci. Nat. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Milano, 67: 291, Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 . Type locality: Saganeiti, Eritrea (15 °04’N, 39 ° 12 ’E, elevation 2200 m), collected by Captain L. Fossati, holotype MSNM 3353 (ex-MSNM 2015).

Rhinotyphlops somalicus   – (not Boulenger) Roux-Estève 1974: 200 & 1975: 445 (part); Hahn 1980: 35 (part). Rhinotyphlops erythraeus   – Largen 1978: 57, 1997: 86; Largen & Rasmussen 1993: 320; McDiarmid et al. 1999: 79; Franzen & Wallach 2002: 181; Wallach & Lanza 2004: 81.

Description. Snout obtusely pointed in both dorsal and lateral profiles. Rostral cuneiform, broad below, terminating in a conical point, frontal subtrapezoid; supraoculat transverse, its lateral apex between preocular and ocular; eye invisible; nasal divided, inferior suture arising from second labial; ocular divided into subequal dorsal ocular and ventral subocular; SIP X (N 1, P, S, S); MSR 20, reduction A/B 4–6, B/C 0; MD 443– 462; L/D ratio 68–72; tail without a terminal spine. Brown above and gold below.

Size. Largest specimen ( NMW 16949 View Materials – Gheleb) 245 mm in total length.

Habitat. Eritrean montane grassland and woodland.

Distribution. Endemic to the Eritrean highlands, 1800–2200 m ( Fig. 13 View FIGURE 13 ).

Localities. ERITREA. Gheleb NMW 16949 View Materials ; Saganeiti MSNM 3353 (holotype).

NMW

Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Reptilia

Order

Squamata

Family

Typhlopidae

Genus

Letheobia

Loc

Letheobia erythraea (Scortecci)

Wallach, Van 2007
2007
Loc

Rhinotyphlops somalicus

Wallach 2004: 81
Franzen 2002: 181
Largen 1993: 320
Hahn 1980: 35
Largen 1978: 57
Roux-Esteve 1974: 200
1974