Leptotyphlops pungwensis BROADLEY & WALLACH, 1997
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Leptotyphlops pungwensis?
|Higher Taxa||Leptotyphlopidae, Leptotyphlopinae, Leptotyphlopini, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Leptotyphlops pungwensis BROADLEY & WALLACH 1997|
Leptotyphlops pungwensis — BROADLEY & WALLACH 2007: 64
Leptotyphlops pungwensis — ADALSTEINSSON, BRANCH, TRAPE, VITT & HEDGES 2009
Leptotyphlops pungwensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 369
|Distribution||Mozambique (Pungwe Flats)|
Type locality: between Muda and Lamego railway sidings,
Pungwe Flats, Mozambique (19°22'S: 34°22'E).
|Types||Holotype: NMZB UM 7251 (juvenile female). Collected by D.G. Broadley on 8 November 1963.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A Leptotyphlops of the scutifrons group (i.e. prefrontal fused with rostral; 10 scale rows round tail), differing from sympatric (scutifrons) and parapatric (conjunctus) species in its pale brown colouration, elongate wedge-shaped rostral and longitudinally bisected interparietal, whlch is followed by an enlarged inferoccipital. In its visceral anatomy this species differs from all other members of tlle scutifrons group, except L. sylvicolus of KwazuluiNatal, in its long hyoid and trachea, posteriorly situated heart and elongate right lung, vascularised for more than half its length. The wide gap between liver and gall bladder is not found in any other member of the group.|
|Comment||Leptotyphlops pungwensis is sympatric with L. longicaudus (Peters) and L. scutifrons (Peters).|
This is one of the smallest snakes with an adult total length of <105 mm.
Known only from the holotype.
|Etymology||named after its type locality.|