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Letheobia coecatus (JAN, 1864)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Afrotyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymTyphlops (Typhlops) coecatus JAN 1864
Typhlops caecatus — BOULENGER 1893: 55
Typhlops caecatus — BOULENGER 1893: 32 (Subst. name for T. coecatus JAN)
Typhlops caecatus — HUGHES & BARRY 1969
Typhlops coecatus — HAHN 1980
Letheobia coecata — HEDGES et al. 2014
Letheobia coecata — TRAPE & BALDÉ 2014: 305
Letheobia caecata — TRAPE & BALDÉ 2014: 322
Typhlops coecatus — PYRON & WALLACH 2014
Typhlops coecatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 760 
DistributionGhana, Ivory Coast, Guinea (Conakry)

Type locality: “Gold Coast” (JAN 1864)  
TypesHolotype: NMBA (Basel) 310 (JAN 1864) 
CommentSynonymy: The placement of this species remains uncertain until genetic information is available. “The T-III SIP excludes it from the genus Letheobia (which is exclusively T-0 or T-II pattern) and a moderately angled supranasal concavity suggest affinity with Typhlops (which all have a deeply angled nasal, a synapomorphy of Typhlops, Antillotyphlops & Cubatyphlops” (V. Wallach, pers. comm., 19 Dec 2017). Blair Hedges argues that “Typhlops is a Caribbean genus and there is no molecular evidence that it occurs in Africa”, hence we leave coecatus in Letheobia for the time being. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Chippaux, Jean-Philippe & Kate Jackson 2019. Snakes of Central and Western Africa. Johns Hopkins University Press, 448 pp. [detaileld review in HR 51 (1): 161] - get paper here
  • Hedges, S.B., Marion, A.B., Lipp, K.M., Marin, J. & Vidal, N. 2014. A taxonomic framework for typhlopid snakes from the Caribbean and other regions (Reptilia, Squamata). Caribbean Herpetology 49: 1–61 - get paper here
  • Hughes, B. & Barry,D.H. 1969. The snakes of Ghana: a checklist and key. Bull. Inst. Franc. Afrique Noire A, 31: 1004-1041
  • Jan, G. 1864. Iconographie générale des ophidiens. 3. Livraison. J.B. Bailière et Fils, Paris - 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 - get paper here
  • TRAPE, JEAN-FRANÇOIS & CELLOU BALDÉ 2014. A checklist of the snake fauna of Guinea, with taxonomic changes in the genera Philothamnus and Dipsadoboa (Colubridae) and a comparison with the snake fauna of some other West African countries. Zootaxa 3900 (3): 301–338 - get paper here
  • Ukuwela, K.D.B., de Silva, A., Sivaruban, A. et al. 2022. Diversity, distribution, and natural history of the marine snakes of Sri Lanka. Marine Biodiversity 52, 24 (2022) - get paper here
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