American legless lizard

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Anniella pulchra.jpg
Anniella pulchra
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Anguimorpha
Infraorder: Neoanguimorpha
Superfamily: Diploglossa
Family: Anniellidae
Genus: Anniella
Gray, 1852

A. pulchra
A. geronimensis
A. stebbinsi
A. alexanderae
A. grinnelli
A. campi

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The family Anniellidae, known as American legless lizards, contains six species in a single genus Anniella: A. pulchra, the California legless lizard, the rare, A. geronimensis, Baja California legless lizard, and four more discovered in 2013.[1]

Two subspecies of the California legless lizard were formerly recognized, A. p. pulchra, the silvery legless lizard, and A. p. nigra, the black legless lizard. However, modern taxonomic classification considers the black legless lizard to simply be a melanistic form.[2]


Genus Anniella

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  1. ^ David Perlman (2013-09-18). "4 new species of legless lizard identified". SFGate. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  2. ^ Description of the species on

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