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Letheobia debilis (JOGER, 1990)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Afrotyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Feeble gracile blind-snake 
SynonymRhinotyphlops debilis JOGER 1990
Rhinotyphlops debilis — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 79
Letheobia debilis — BROADLEY & WALLACH 2000
Letheobia debilis — CHIRIO & INEICH 2006
Letheobia debilis — BROADLEY & WALLACH 2007
Letheobia debilis — HEDGES et al. 2014
Letheobia debilis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 379 
DistributionCentral African Republic, Republic of South Sudan (RSS), elevation 450–800 m.

Type locality: near Bangui, Central African Republic (04°23’N, 18°33’E, elevation 450 m).  
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 33684, collected by N. Degallier and J.-P. Hervé. 
DiagnosisDescription: Snout slightly hooked, prominent. Rostral very broad, truncated posteriorly; frontal broad and shallow, not contacting the nasals; supraocular large, transverse, its lateral apex wedged between nasal and ocular, which is separated from the subocular by a temporal; eye not visible; nasal suture arising from first labial; SIP II (N1, P, S, S); scale rows 20 (rarely 18) at midbody; MD 547-668; vertebrae 44 in holotype; MD/V ratio 1.41; L/D ratio 98–129. Rosy-tan in colour. For abbreviations see L. caeca. From BROADLEY & WALLACH 2007. 
CommentHabitat: Lowland rain forest. 
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  • 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. [detaileld review in HR 51 (1): 161] - get paper here
  • Chirio, Laurent and Ivan Ineich 2006. Biogeography of the reptiles of the Central African Republic. African Journal of Herpetology 55(1):23-59. - 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
  • Joger, U. 1990. The herpetofauna of the Central African Republic, with description of a new species of Rhinotyphlops (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). in: PETERS & HUTTERER: Vertebrates in the Tropics: 85-102 [1991]
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • 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
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