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Amphisbaena leucocephala PETERS, 1878

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Higher TaxaAmphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata 
Common NamesWhitheaded Worm Lizard 
SynonymAmphisbaena leucocephala PETERS 1878
Amphisbaena leucocephala — BAUER et al. 1995: 67
Amphisbaena leucocephala — GANS 2005: 16 
DistributionBrazil (Bahia, Sao Paulo to Rio Grande do Sul), N Uruguay

Type locality: “Bahia”.  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 1379 
CommentRegarded by Gans (1967) as a “species inquirenda”, but valid according to Vechi et al. 2016.

Distribution: not listed for Argentina fide AVILA et al. 2010, Lista de las lagartijas y anfisbaenas de Argentina. 
  • Bauer, A.M.; Günther,R. & Klipfel,M. 1995. The herpetological contributions of Wilhelm C.H. Peters (1815-1883). SSAR Facsimile Reprints in Herpetology, 714 pp.
  • Gans, C. 2005. CHECKLIST AND BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE AMPHISBAENIA OF THE WORLD. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 289: 1-130
  • Gans, Carl 1965. Redescription of Amphisbaena pretrei Dumeril and Bibron and A. leucocephala Peters, with a Discussion of Their Relation and Synonymy (Amphisbaenia: Reptilia). American Midland Naturalist 74 (2) - get paper here
  • Gans, Carl 1967. A check list of recent amphisbaenians (Amphisbaenia, Reptilia). Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 135:61-106.
  • Peters,W.C.H. 1879. Über vier neue amerikanische Amphisbaena-Arten. Monatsber. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1878: 778-781 - get paper here
  • Valencia, J. H., K. Garzón-Tello & M. E. Barragán-Paladines 2016. Serpientes venenosas del Ecuador: sistemática, taxonomía, historia natural, conservación, envenenamiento y aspectos antropológicos. Quito, Ecuador, Fundación Herpetológica Gustavo Orcés, Universidad de Texas, Fondo Ambiental Nacional, 652 pp. [review in HR 49 (1): 152, 2018]
  • Vanzolini, P.E. 2002. AN AID TO THE IDENTIFICATION OF THE SOUTH AMERICAN SPECIES OF AMPHISBAENA (SQUAMATA, AMPHISBAENIDAE). Pap. Avul. Zool., Sao Paulo 42(15):351-362 - get paper here
  • Vechio, Francisco Dal; Mauro TeixeiraJr., Marcelo Sena, Antônio Argôlo, Caroline Garcia and Miguel Trefaut Rodrigues 2016. Taxonomic Status and the Phylogenetic Placement of Amphisbaena leucocephala Peters, 1878 (Squamata, Amphisbaenidae). South American J. Herp. 11 (3): - get paper here
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