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Letheobia zenkeri (STERNFELD, 1908)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Afrotyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Zenker's Worm Snake 
SynonymTyphlops zenkeri STERNFELD 1908: 92
Typhlops vermis BOULENGER 1914: 482
Typhlops vermis — LEBRETON 1999
Typhlops zenkeri — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 125
Rhinotyphlops zenkeri — CHIRIO & LEBRETON 2007
Letheobia zenkeri — HEDGES et al. 2014
Typhlops zenkeri — PYRON & WALLACH 2014
Typhlops zenkeri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 774 

Type locality: “Kribi,Cameroon” (STERNFELD 1908)
Type locality: “Bitye,Cameroon” (BOULENGER 1914)  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 11091 
CommentGenetically there is no evidence for zenkeri being in Typhlops (B. Hedges, pers. comm., 2 Dec 2016). 
EtymologyNamed after Georg August Zenker (1855-1922), a German botanist, ornithologist, and gardener who collected in Central Africa from ca. 1895. He had significant landholding around Bipindi. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, GEORGE A. 1914. Descriptions of new species of snakes in the collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (8) 14 (84): 482-485. - get paper here
  • Chippaux, Jean-Philippe & Kate Jackson 2019. Snakes of Central and Western Africa. Johns Hopkins University Press, 448 pp. [detaileld review in HR 51 (1): 161] - get paper here
  • Chirio, L. & Lebreton, M. 2007. Atlas des reptiles du Cameroun. MNHN, IRD, Paris 688 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
  • LeBreton, Matthew 1999. A working checklist of the herpetofauna of Cameroon. Netherlands Committee for IUCN, 160 pp.
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • 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
  • Sternfeld, R. 1908. Neue und ungenügend bekannte afrikanische Schlangen. S. Ber. Ges. naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 4: 92-95 - 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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