Amphisbaena (genus)

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For the mythological creature, see 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

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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.


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

Amphisbaena mertensii

See also[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 The Reptile Database.

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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