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Cynisca feae (BOULENGER, 1906)

IUCN Red List - Cynisca feae - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaAmphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata 
Common NamesUgly Worm Lizard 
SynonymPlacogaster feae BOULENGER 1906: 203
Cynisca feae — GANS 1987
Cynisca feae — PAUWELS & MEIRTE 1996
Cynisca feae — GANS 2005: 28
Cynisca feae — TRAPE 2014 
DistributionGuinea-Bissau, Gambia, Senegal, Guinea

Type locality: ‘‘Cassine River District, Portuguese Guinea’’.  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1906.3.30.34: RR1946.9.1.13, 1906.3.30.35, RR1946.9.1.14; MSNG 28162 (seven specimens). 
CommentType species: Placogaster feae BOULENGER 1906 is the type species of the genus Placogaster BOULENGER 1906 (now a synonym of Cynisca (fide GANS 2005). 
EtymologyNamed after Leonardo Fea, naturalist in Genua. 
  • Barnett, Linda K. & Emms, Craig 2005. Common reptiles of The Gambia. Rare Repro, Hailsham, East Sussex, 24 pp.
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1906. Report on the reptiles collected by the late L. Fea in West Africa. Ann. Mus. civ. Stor. Nat. Genova (3) 2: 196-216 - get paper here
  • Gans C 1987. Studies on amphisbaenians (Reptilia). 7. The small round-headed species (Cynisca) from western Africa. American Museum Novitates (2896): 1-84 - get paper here
  • Gans, C. 2005. CHECKLIST AND BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE AMPHISBAENIA OF THE WORLD. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 289: 1-130
  • Pauwels, O. & Meirte,D. 1996. Contribution to the knowledge of the Gambian herpetofauna. British Herpetological Society Bulletin (56): 27-34 - get paper here
  • Trape, J.F. 2014. Un reptile nouveau du genre Cynisca Gray, 1844, au Sénégal (Squamata, Amphisbaenidae). Bull. Soc. Herp. France 151: 11-20.
  • Trape, J.F.; Mané, Y. 2015. Note sur une collection d’amphisbènes (Squamata, Amphisbaenidae) d’Afrique occidentale Bull. Soc. Herp. France 154 : 35-60
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