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Letheobia toritensis BROADLEY & WALLACH, 2007

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Afrotyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Torit gracile blind-snake 
SynonymLetheobia toritensis BROADLEY & WALLACH 2007
Typhlops pallidus – (not COPE) LOVERIDGE 1956: 6.
Rhinotyphlops pallidus – (not COPE) ROUX-ESTÈVE 1974: 217 (part)
Letheobia toritensis — HEDGES et al. 2014
Letheobia toritensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 382 
DistributionRepublic of South Sudan (RSS)

Type locality: Torit, Equatoria Province, Republic of South Sudan (RSS) (04°27'N, 32°31'E, elevation 625 m).  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 53324, a female collected by J. S. Owen, 19 June 1950. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A member of the Letheobia pallida complex, but differing in its greater length (maximum length 270 mm vs 192 mm in L. pallida) and more slender build (length/diameter ratio 62–82 vs 49–62 in L. pallida and L. swahilica); blunt snout, with a broader, subrectangular rostral; frontal transversely enlarged; more numerous middorsals (427–487 vs 76–4) and vertebrae (280–0 vs 25–274). There are also differences in visceral arrangement.
CommentHabitat: Gallery forest. 
EtymologyNamed for Torit, 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
  • Loveridge, A. 1956. On snakes collected in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan by J.S. Owen, Esq. Sudan Notes Rec. 36: 37-56 [1955]
  • Roux-Estève, R. 1974. Révision systématique des Typhlopidae d'Afrique. Reptilia. Serpentes. Mém. nation. Hist. nat., Paris, (sér.A.) 87: 1-313
  • 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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