Bipes (genus)

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Bipes biporus.jpg
Bipes biporus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Clade: Amphisbaenia
Family: Bipedidae
Taylor, 1951
Genus: Bipes
Latreille, 1801

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Bipes is a genus of amphisbaenians found only in Mexico, the sole member of the family Bipedidae. Commonly known as ajolotes, they are carnivorous, burrowing reptiles, but unlike other species of amphisbaenians, they possess two stubby forelimbs placed far forward on the body.[1] The shovel-like limbs are used to scrape away soil while burrowing through the soil, in a manner similar to a mole.[2]

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The family contains only one genus, comprising four species:



  1. ^
  2. ^ Gans, Carl (1998). Cogger, H.G., & Zweifel, R.G., ed. Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians. San Diego: Academic Press. pp. 216–217. ISBN 0-12-178560-2. 
  3. ^ Wikispecies.
  4. ^ ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System).

Animal Diversity Web

Further reading[edit]

  • Latreille, P.A. in Sonnini, C.S., and P.A. Latreiile. 1801. Histoire naturelle des reptiles, avec figures desinées d'après nature; Tome II. Premiere partie. Quadrupèdes et bipèdes ovipares. Crapalet. Paris. 332 pp. (Bipes, pp. 90–96.)
  • Taylor, E.H. 1951. Concerning Oligocene Amphisbaenid Reptiles. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 34 (9): 521-579. (Bipedidae, p. 522.)

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