Agamodon compressus MOCQUARD, 1888
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|Higher Taxa||Trogonophidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata|
|Common Names||E: Flat Worm Lizard|
|Synonym||Agamodon compressum MOCQUARD 1888: 121|
Agamodon compressus — LANZA 1983
Agamodon compressus — GANS 2005: 42
Type locality: ‘‘Comalis’’ = Somali Republic.
|Types||Holotype: MNHN-RA 1884.0690|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A form of Agamodon with the lateral edges of the two azygous head shields sharply projecting and curved outward as spade-like processes. Rostral edges bent out laterally anterior to the recessed nostril, in two semicircular projecting points on each side. Edges of fused prefrontal-frontal bent dorsally into a diagonal semilunar projection above each eye. Postmental on a central pedestal, with free lateral and posterior projecting edges. Relatively faint kerat- inization of head shields. Body strongly compressed; segments of the dorsal and ventral surfaces rounded or imbricated by the diagonal overlap of the intersecting continuations of the lateral sections of the annuli. The tail is very markedly compressed and curves sharply ventrad to a point on the level of the ventral surface. Specimens have 147 to 157 annuli on the body, 22 to 24 posterior to the cloacal slit, and 44 to 52 segments to a midbody annulus. Precloacal pores 2 when present.|
Color: pink in life, whitish in preservatives (from Gans & Pandit in Gans et al. 1965: 78).
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