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Letheobia episcopus (FRANZEN & WALLACH, 2002)

IUCN Red List - Letheobia episcopus - Data Deficient, DD

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Afrotyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymRhinotyphlops episcopus FRANZEN & WALLACH 2002
Rhinotyphlops episcopus — VENCHI & SINDACO 2006
Letheobia episcopus — BROADLEY & WALLACH 2007
Letheobia episcopus — GÖCMEN et al. 2009
Letheobia episcopus — HEDGES et al. 2014 
DistributionSE Turkey

Type locality: 3 km north of Halfeti on road to Savasan Köyü, upper slopes of Euphrates River Valley, Sanliurfa Province, SE Turkey. Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 74224, Paratypes: ZSM 948/2000, male 
Comment 
EtymologyThe latinized form of the Greek noun e.piskopos, meaning "bishop," is episcopus. ft is used as a noun in apposition to the generic name. The species is named to honor Wolfgang Bischoff (ZFM.K), who collected most of the type material.
Specific epithet is a noun in apposition and thus requires a “-us” ending fide Franzen & Wallach (2007: 261). 
References
  • 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
  • Franzen, M. & V. Wallach 2002. A new Rhinotyphlops from southeastern Turkey (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Journal of Herpetology 36 (2): 176-184 - get paper here
  • Göcmen, B.; Franzen, M.; Yilidz, M.Z.; Akman, B. & Yalcinkaya, D. 2009. New locality records of eremial snake species in southeastern Turkey (Ophidia: Colubridae, Elapidae, Typhlopidae, Leptotyphlopidae). Salamandra 45 (2): 110-114 - 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
  • Venchi, Alberto and Roberto Sindaco 2006. Annotated checklist of the reptiles of the Mediterranean countries, with keys to species identification. Part 2 -Snakes (Reptilia, Serpentes). Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale "G. Doria", Genova, XCVIII: 259-364
 
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