Amphisbaena slevini SCHMIDT, 1936
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|Higher Taxa||Amphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Slevin's Worm Lizard|
Portuguese: Cobra-de-Duas-Cabeças, Cobra-Cega
|Synonym||Amphisbaena slevini SCHMIDT 1936|
Amphisbaena slevini — GANS 1963: 14
Amphisbaena slevini— HOOGMOED & AVILA-PIRES 1991
Amphisbaena slevini — STARACE 1998: 56
Amphisbaena slevini — GANS 2005: 20
|Distribution||Brazil (Amazonas), E French Guiana|
Type locality: Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, (0°07’S, 60°00’W).
|Types||Holotype: CAS 49809|
|Diagnosis||DIAGNOSIS: A small form of Amphisbaena without major fusion of head shields; with only two supralabials and two infralabials, but with two pairs of enlarged postlabials following thereafter on the side of the head; and with the postocular and parietal very much enlarged, extending posteriorly to just anterior to the head joint,each larger than the frontal, and the most noticeable feature of the head.The form has 204 to 211body annuli; five to six (in some specimens four) caudal annuli up to the autotomy constriction (at which the tail is autotomized in more than half of the specimens); 23 to 25 caudal annuli from the cloaca to the bluntly rounded caudal spine; 12 (in some specimens 10 to 14) dorsal and 12 (in some specimens 10 to 11) ventral segments to a midbody annulus; and four precloacal pores or pore scars. The color of preserved specimens is a uniform medium brown, with litle countershading and without any particular variegation or differentiation of the head or tail Gans 1963: 14).|
|Comment||Distribution: map in HOOGMOED & AVILA-PIRES 1991.|
|Etymology||Named after Joseph Richard Slevin (1881-1957), curator of Herpetology at the California Academy of Sciences 1928-1957.|
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