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Letheobia pauwelsi WALLACH, 2005

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Afrotyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymLetheobia pauwelsi WALLACH 2005
Letheobia pauwelsi — HEDGES et al. 2014
Letheobia pauwelsi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 381 

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.  
TypesHolotype: IRSNB 2580, an adult male collected by O. S. G. Pauwels (field no. P806) on 18 November 2001. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: 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.
CommentColour 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. 
EtymologyThis species is named in honor of its collector, Olivier S. G. Pauwels, a great friend, colleague, and tireless field worker. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Chippaux, Jean-Philippe & Kate Jackson 2019. Snakes of Central and Western Africa. Johns Hopkins University Press, 448 pp. - 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
  • Pauwels, O.S.G. & Vande Weghe, J.P. 2008. Les reptiles du Gabon. Smithsonian Institution, Washington: 272 pp. - get paper here
  • Wallach, V. 2005. Letheobia pauwelsi, a new species of blindsnake from Gabon (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). African Journal of Herpetology 54(1): 85-91 - 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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