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Letheobia jubana BROADLEY & WALLACH, 2007

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Afrotyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymLetheobia jubana BROADLEY & WALLACH 2007
Typhlops lineolatus lineolatus – (not JAN) HOEVERS & JOHNSON 1982: 182
Typhlops lineolatus—(not JAN) LANZA 1983: 219, 1990: 430
Afrotyphlops jubanus — HEDGES et al. 2014
Letheobia jubana — PYRON & WALLACH 2014
Letheobia jubana — WALLACH & GEMEL 2018
Letheobia jubana — WALLACH et al. 2014: 380 
DistributionS Somalia

Type locality: vicinity of Mareri, Juba Sugar Project, west bank of Juba River, Middle Juba region, southern Somalia (00°30’N, 42°46’E, elevation ca. 20 m).  
TypesHolotype: CAS 151201, a female, collected by P. M. Johnson, 25 January 1979, in a termite hill. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Apparently most closely related to Letheobia decorosa of Cameroon, but differing in its rostral, which tapers posteriorly to a blunt point and has an obtusely angular keratinized cutting edge (rostral rounded posteriorly and snout rounded in L. decorosa); its frontal being smaller than a supraocular (larger in L. decorosa); and its lower middorsal count, 391–435 vs 460–542 in L. decorosa.
CommentHabitat. The type series was bulldozed out of termitaria on levees of sandy loam on the west bank of the Juba River. The original vegetation consisted of tall riverine trees with undergrowth of shrubs and creepers. 
Etymologynamed after the type locality. 
  • 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
  • Hoevers, L.G.; Johnson, P.M. 1982. Notes on a Collection of Snakes from the middle Juba Region, Somalia. Moni. Zool. Ital. Jour. Zool. Suppl. 16 8: 173-203 - get paper here
  • Lanza, B. 1983. A list of the Somali amphibians and reptiles. MONITORE ZOOLOGICO ITALIANO, new Ser., SUPPL. 18 (8): 193-247 - get paper here
  • Pyron, R.A. & Wallach, V. 2014. Systematics of the blindsnakes (Serpentes: Scolecophidia: Typhlopoidea) based on molecular and morphological evidence. Zootaxa 3829 (1): 001–081 - 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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