Amphisbaena (genus)

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For the mythological creature, see Amphisbaena
Amphisbaena
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Amphisbaena alba
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Amphisbaenia
Family: Amphisbaenidae
Genus: Amphisbaena
Linnaeus, 1758
Species

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Synonyms

Anops, Aporarchus, Aulura, Bronia, Cadea, Cephalopeltis, Cercolophia, Cynisca, Diphalus, Lepidosternon, Leposternon, Ophioproctus, Rhinoblanus, Sarea[1][2]

Amphisbaena is a genus in the family Amphisbaenidae, commonly known as the worm lizards. Over 100 species are placed in this diverse genus.

Species[edit]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Amphisbaena.

Amphisbaena mertensii

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Amphisbaena.

Etymology[edit]

The specific names, carlgansi, carli, and cegei, are all in honor of American herpetologist Carl Gans (1923-2009), for his contributions to the knowledge of Amphisbaenians.[3][2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume II...Amphisbænidae. London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers.) xiii + 497 pp. + Plates I.- XXIV. (Genus "Amphisbæna", p. 435.)
  2. ^ a b c The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  3. ^ Beolens, B.; Watkins, M.; Grayson, M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Amphisbaena cegei, p. 50; A. carlgansi, p. 97).

Further reading[edit]

  • Gans, C. 2005. Checklist and Bibliography of the Amphisbaenia of the World. Bull. American Mus. Nat. Hist. (289): 1-130.
  • Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema naturæ per regna tria naturæ, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, diferentiis, synonymis, locis. Tomus I. Editio Decima, Reformata. Stockholm: L. Salvius. 824 pp. (Genus "Amphisbæna", p. 229.)

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