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Letheobia episcopus (FRANZEN & WALLACH, 2002)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Afrotyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
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
Letheobia episcopus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 379 
DistributionSE Turkey

Type locality: 3 km north of Halfeti on road to Savasan Köyü, upper slopes of Euphrates River Valley, Sanliurfa Province, SE Turkey.  
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 74224, Paratypes: ZSM 948/2000, male 
CommentDistribution: For a map see Sindaco et al. 2013. 
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). 
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - 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
  • 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
  • Gruber, U. 2009. Die Schlangen Europas, 2. Aufl. Kosmos Naturführer, 266 pp.
  • 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
  • Sindaco, R.; Alberto Venchi & Cristina Grieco 2013. The Reptiles of the Western Palearctic, Volume 2: Annotated Checklist and Distributional Atlas of the Snakes of Europe, North Africa, Middle East and Central Asia, with an Update to Volume 1. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 543 pp. - 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
  • 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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