Baikia africana GRAY, 1865
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Baikia africana?
|Higher Taxa||Amphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata|
|Common Names||West African Worm Lizard|
|Synonym||Baikia africana GRAY 1865|
Baikia africana — DUNGER 1965
Anops africanus — TORNIER 1902
Baikia africana — GANS 2005: 22
|Distribution||N Nigeria, Cameroon ?|
Type locality: ‘‘West Africa’’ (actually near Mokwa, Nigeria)
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 188.8.131.52: RR19184.108.40.206.|
|Comment||Distribution: presence reported from Cameroon (Tornier 1902) but not confirmed (Chirio & LeBreton 2007).|
Type species: Baikia africana is the type species of the genus Baikia GRAY 1865.
Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||The genus has been named after the collector of the type, Dr. William Balfour Baikie (1825-1864). The species has been named after its African origin.|