Letheobia largeni, Wallach, Van, 2007

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

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

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scientific name

Letheobia largeni
status

sp. nov.

Letheobia largeni   sp. nov.

( Fig 5 View FIGURE 5 A)

Largen’s gracile blind-snake

Rhinotyphlops pallidus   – (not Cope) Largen 1978: 59, Fig. 7 View FIGURE 7 ; Largen & Rasmussen 1993: 321.

Holotype. BMNH 1974.5162, a female from Gambela, Wollega District, Ethiopia (08° 15 'N, 34 ° 35 'E, elevation 515 m), collected by E. McConnell, 19 April 1974.

Diagnosis. Closely related to Letheobia toritensis   , but with the supraocular separated from the rostral by nasal/frontal contact and the nasal suture arising from the second supralabial.

Description. Snout rounded, prominent. Rostral broad, semi-sagittate posteriorly; frontal subtrapexoid; supraocular oblique, its lateral apex between ocular and nasal, the latter separated from the lip by a large subocular; eye not visible; nasal suture arising from second labial; SIP X (N 1, P, O, O); scale rows 24 - 22 - 22; MD 432; L/D ratio 65. Length 274 mm ( Largen 1978).

Etymology. Named for Malcolm Largen, who described and illustrated the type specimen.

Habitat. Moist savanna.

Distribution. Known only from the type locality in southwestern Ethiopia ( Figs. 11 View FIGURE 11 & 13 View FIGURE 13 ).

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Reptilia

Order

Squamata

Family

Typhlopidae

Genus

Letheobia

Loc

Letheobia largeni

Wallach, Van 2007
2007
Loc

Rhinotyphlops pallidus

Largen 1993: 321
Largen 1978: 59
1978