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Letheobia largeni BROADLEY & WALLACH, 2007

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Afrotyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Largen’s (gracile) blind-snake 
SynonymLetheobia largeni BROADLEY & WALLACH 2007
Rhinotyphlops pallidus – (not COPE) LARGEN 1978: 59
Rhinotyphlops pallidus – LARGEN & RASMUSSEN 1993: 321
Letheobia largeni — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 444
Letheobia largeni — HEDGES et al. 2014 

Type locality: Gambela, Wollega District, Ethiopia (08°15'N, 34°35'E, elevation 515 m).  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1974.5162, a female collected by E. McConnell, 19 April 1974. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Closely related to Letheobia toritensis, but with the supraocular separated from the rostral by nasal/frontal contact and the nasal suture arising from the second supralabial.
CommentLength: 274 mm (Largen 1978)

Habitat: Moist savanna. 
EtymologyNamed for Malcolm Largen, who described and illustrated the type specimen. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 694 pp.
  • Largen,M.J. 1978. The status of the family Typhlopidae (Reptilia: Serpentes) in Ethiopia. Monitore Zoologico Italiano (Nuova Serie) Supplemento 10: 43-68
  • Largen,M.J. & Rasmussen,J.B. 1993. Catalogue of the snakes of Ethiopia (Reptilia Serpentes), including identification keys. Tropical Zoology 6: 313-434 - 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
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