Letheobia somalica (Boulenger)

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: 58-60

publication ID

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

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03B587D9-FF8E-380E-90A8-F96FF080F856

treatment provided by

Plazi

scientific name

Letheobia somalica (Boulenger)
status

 

Letheobia somalica (Boulenger)  

( Fig 9 View FIGURE 9 B)

Ethiopian gracile blind-snake

Typhlops somalicus Boulenger 1895   , Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1895: 536, Pl. 30, Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 . Type locality: Beearso, Galla or Western Somali-land [= Bio Asse River, eastern Ethiopia] (06° 53 ’N, 42 ° 18 ’E, elevation 600 m), collected by A. Donaldson-Smith, 19 December 1894, holotype BMNH 1946.1. 11.54 (ex-BMNH 1895.6.11.5); Boulenger 1896 a: 216, 1896b: 589; Calabresi 1918: 123; Werner 1921: 324; Parker 1949: 22.

Typhlops acutirostris Mocquard 1905   , Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris, 11: 77. Type locality: Choa, Abyssinie [= Shoa Province, Ethiopia], syntypes MNHN 1904.603 -04, collected by M. Didier; Werner 1921: 317; Calabresi 1925: 104. Rhinotyphlops somalicus   – Roux-Estève 1974: 200, Fig. 140, 1975: 445 (part); Largen 1978: 55; Hahn 1980: 35 (part); Meirte 1992: 20; Largen & Rasmussen 1993: 321; McDiarmid et al. 1999: 87; Franzen & Wallach 2002: 181; Wallach & Lanza 2004: 80.

Description. Snout pointed, acutely angular in lateral profile. Rostral broad above and below, oval in dorsal view; frontal subtrapezoid; supraocular transverse, its lateral apex between preocular and ocular; eye invisible; nasal divided, its inferior suture arising from first labial; SIP II (P) (N 1, N 2, P/O, O), one specimen ( MCZ 126236) with SIP X (N 1, N 2, P, O) on one side of head; MSR 24–30, reduction A/B 0–2, B/C 0; MD 510– 696; vertebrae 301–391; MD/V ratio 1.68–1.84; L/D ratio 54–66. Colourless.

Size. Longest specimen ( Largen 1978) 550 mm in total length.

Habitat. Ethiopian montane grassland and woodland, but entering Somali Acacia-Commiphora bushland and thicket along eastern drainage lines.

Distribution. Highlands of Ethiopia, 1800–2200 m, but with the type specimen from Beearso in the Ogaden at 600 m, presumably in a riparian habitat ( Fig. 13 View FIGURE 13 ).

Localities. ETHIOPIA. Addis Ababa MCZ 126236; Ambo (Parker 1949); Beearso BMNH 95.6. 11.5 (holotype); Bonga ( Largen 1978) NMZB 15653; Buyo, Dangila, Ghimbi ( Largen 1978); Gelib to Margherita ( Calabresi 1918); Dintorni di Gondar ( Calabresi 1925); Jimma ( Largen 1978); Kerio hamlet, Derba NMZB 17100; Mizan Teferi NMK 1944; Sheikh Hussein ( Boulenger 1896 a) ANSP 4692 - 93; Shoa Province MNHN 1904.603 -04 (syntypes of T. acutirostris   ); Sokoro, Zegie ( Largen 1978).

MNHN

Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle

MCZ

Museum of Comparative Zoology

NMZB

National Museum of Zimbabwe

NMK

National Museums of Kenya

ANSP

Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Reptilia

Order

Squamata

Family

Typhlopidae

Genus

Letheobia

Loc

Letheobia somalica (Boulenger)

Wallach, Van 2007
2007
Loc

Typhlops acutirostris

Wallach 2004: 80
Franzen 2002: 181
Largen 1993: 321
Meirte 1992: 20
Hahn 1980: 35
Largen 1978: 55
Roux-Esteve 1974: 200
Calabresi 1925: 104
Werner 1921: 317
1921