Bipes (genus)

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

Bipes alvarezi [1]
Bipes biporus (Cope, 1894)
Bipes canaliculatus Latreille, 1801
Bipes tridactylus (Dugès, 1894)[2]

Bipes is a genus of amphisbaenians found only in Mexico, the sole living member of the family Bipedidae.[3] 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.[4] The shovel-like limbs are used to scrape away soil while burrowing through the soil, in a manner similar to a mole.[5] Evidence for their occurrence in the United States is reviewed by Somma (1993).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wikispecies. species.wikimedia.org/wiki/Bipes.
  2. ^ ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System). www.itis.gov.
  3. ^ doi:10.1098/rspb.2014.3034
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  4. ^ http://www.whatamidoingonline.com/2012/09/21/10-amazing-creatures-find-adventuring/
  5. ^ 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. 

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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