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Letheobia acutirostrata (ANDERSSON, 1916)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Afrotyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymTyphlops acutirostratus ANDERSSON 1916: 23
Typhlops avakubae SCHMIDT 1923: 51
Typhlops caecus pitmani WITTE 1961
Letheobia acutirostratus — WALLACH 2005
Letheobia acutirostratus — BROADLEY & WALLACH 2007
Letheobia acutirostrata — PYRON & WALLACH 2014
Letheobia acutirostrata — HEDGES et al. 2014
Letheobia acutirostrata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 378 
DistributionDemocratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)

Type locality: Irebu, Belgian Congo" [= Irebu, Bandundu Prov., NE Democratic Republic of the Congo, 00037'S, 17°45'E, elevation 300 m].  
TypesHolotype: GNM (originally NHMG) 1375 (Göteborg Natural History Museum) 
CommentSynonymy: In an unpublished PhD thesis, Wallach (1998) revived Rhinotyphlops acutirostratus for the Congo basin populations. See also L. caeca. 
EtymologyAlthough not stated in the original description, the generic name is a feminine noun formed from the Greek lethe (forgotten) and bios (life), meaning forgotten life, an appropriate reference to blindsnakes. 
  • Andersson, L.G. 1916. Notes on the reptiles and batrachians in the Zoological Museum at Gothenburg with an account of some new species. Göteborgs Kungliga Vetenskap och Vitter Hets-Samnalles Hndlingar Sjatte Foljden (Series B, 4) 17 (5) [ = Meddelanden fran Göteborgs Musei Zoologiska Afdelning, No. 9]: 1-41
  • Broadley, Donald G. & Wallach, V. 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: 31–68 - get paper here
  • Chippaux, Jean-Philippe & Kate Jackson 2019. Snakes of Central and Western Africa. Johns Hopkins University Press, 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Pyron, R.A. & Wallach, V. 2014. Systematics of the blindsnakes (Serpentes: Scolecophidia: Typhlopoidea) based on molecular and morphological evidence. Zootaxa 3829 (1): 001–081
  • Schmidt, K. P. 1923. Contributions to the herpetology of the Belgian Congo based on the collection of the American Museum Congo Expedition, 1909-1915. Part II. Snakes, with field notes by Herbert Lang and James P. Chapin. Bull. Amer. Mus. nat. Hist. 49 (1): 1-146
  • Wallach, V. 2005. Letheobia pauwelsi, a new species of blindsnake from Gabon (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). African Journal of Herpetology 54(1): 85-91 - get paper here
  • Wallach, V. & Gemel, R. 2018. Typhlops weidholzi n. inedit., a new species of Letheobia from the republic of Cameroon, and a synopsis of the genus (Squamata: Serpentes: Scolecophidia: Typhlopidae). Herpetozoa 31 (1/2): 27 - 46 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Witte, G. F. de 1961. Contribution à la faune herpétologique du Congo. Rev. Zool. Bot. afr., Bruxelles, 64:183-184
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