Letheobia sudanensis (SCHMIDT, 1923)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Letheobia sudanensis?
|Higher Taxa||Typhlopidae (Afrotyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||Garamba gracile blind-snake, Sudan Beaked Snake|
|Synonym||Typhlops sudanensis SCHMIDT 1923: 51|
Typhlops sudanensis — ESSEX 1928
Rhinotyphlops sudanensis — ROUX-ESTÈVE 1974: 233
Typhlops sudanensis — PITMAN 1974
Rhinotyphlops sudanensis — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 87
Letheobia sudanensis — BROADLEY & WALLACH 2007
Letheobia sudanensis — HEDGES et al. 2014
|Distribution||Zaire (Orientale), N Democratic Republic of the Congo, elevation 700–1300 m|
Type locality: Faradje (contra Schmidt 1923: 4, who erroneously lists the type locality as Garamba), Sudan [= Ituri, Democratic Republic of Congo] (03°43’N, 29°42’E, elevation 820 m).
|Types||Holotype: AMNH 11677; collected by H. Lang and J. P. Chapin, November 1911|
|Comment||Description: Snout with an angular horizontal edge. Rostral very broad, truncated posteriorly; frontal crescentic, in contact with nasals; supraocular transverse, its lateral apex wedged between a very large nasal and a deep ocular, which in turn is wedged between the preocular and subocular; eye not visible; nasal suture arising from second labial; SIP X (N1/N2, P, P, S), one paratype (AMNH 11680) with SIP II (N2, P, P, S) and another paratype (MCZ 1599) with an aberrant SIP III-S (N2, P, P, S) on one side of head; scale rows 26-24-24 (rarely 24-24-24); MD 569–660; vertebrae 66–412; MD/V ratio 1.49–1.62; L/D ratio 57–95. Colourless. For abbreviations see L. caeca. From BROADLEY & WALLACH 2007.|
Habitat: Mosaic of lowland rain forest and secondary grassland (Sudanese savanna).
Distribution: not in East Africa (i.e. Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi fide S. Spawls, pers. comm., 28 June 2018) despite reports from Uganda (Pitman 1974).