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Zygaspis ferox BROADLEY & BROADLEY, 1997

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Higher TaxaAmphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymZygaspis ferox BROADLEY & BROADLEY 1997
Amphisbaena quadrifrons capensis LOVERIDGE 1941: 387 (part.)
Amphisbaena quadrifrons capensis — FITZSIMONS 1943: 376 (part.)
Zygaspis quadrifrons SAIFF 1970: 113 (part.)
Zygaspis ferox — GANS 2005: 38 
DistributionZimbabwe (Chimanimani and Chipinge Districts, Deysbrook Farm)

Type locality: Silverstreams Estate, Chimanimani District, Zimbabwe.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: NMZB UM 8974, Paratype: PEM R10369 (formerly AMG 7764) 
Diagnosis 
Comment 
EtymologyNamed after the Latin “ferox” = fierce, referring to the agressive behaviour of this animal when handled. 
References
  • Broadley, Donald G. & Broadley, Sheila 1997. A revision of the African genus Zygaspis Cope (Reptilia: Amphisbaenia). Syntarsus 4: 1-24
  • CONRADIE, WERNER; WILLIAM R. BRANCH, & GILLIAN WATSON 2019. Type specimens in the Port Elizabeth Museum, South Africa, including the historically important Albany Museum collection. Part 2: Reptiles (Squamata). Zootaxa 4576 (1): 001–045 - get paper here
  • Gans, C. 2005. CHECKLIST AND BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE AMPHISBAENIA OF THE WORLD. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 289: 1-130
 
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