Letheobia pauwelsi WALLACH, 2005
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Letheobia pauwelsi?
|Higher Taxa||Typhlopidae (Afrotyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Letheobia pauwelsi WALLACH 2005|
Letheobia pauwelsi — HEDGES et al. 2014
Type locality: Eastern base of Mont Iboundji, Département de Offoué-Onoy, Ogooué-Lolo Province, central Gabon, ca. 1°08' S, 11°52' E, 580 m elevation. Map legend:
- Type locality.
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Types||Holotype: IRSNB 2580, an adult male collected by O. S. G. Pauwels (field no. P806) on 18 November 2001.|
|Comment||Diagnosis: Letheobia pauwelsi can be separated from all Letheobia and Rhinotyphlops by 22 scale rows throughout, a T-0 supralabial imbrication pattern, and a unicameral right lung. It can be distinguished from L. caecus by its granular rostral, supranasals not extending beyond rostral, and inferior nasal suture contacting the rostral. It can be separated from L. acutirostratus by its 22 midbody scale rows, an unenlarged frontal, and contact between the frontal and supranasals. Letheobia pauwelsi can also be separated from both L. caecus and L. acutirostratus by its hourglass rostral and the corneal cutting edge of the rostral directed ventrally at a 45° angle.|
Colour in life: Body dark pink, head, tongue and tail tip pale yellow, eye faintly visible. Colour of dorsum in preservative beige, middorsal 10 rows faintly pigmented; venter immaculate cream, unpigmentled.
|Etymology||Etymology.—This species is named in honor of its collector, Olivier S. G. Pauwels, a great friend, colleague, and tireless field worker.|