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Amphisbaena townsendi STEJNEGER, 1911

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Higher TaxaAmphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymAmphisbaena townsendi STEJNEGER 1911
Amphisbaena occidentalis townsendi – PETERS et al. 1970: 35
Amphisbaena townsendi — GANS 2005: 20 
DistributionW Peru

Type locality: ‘‘Piura, Peru.’’  
TypesHolotype: USNM 47987. 
CommentParker (1932) suggested that A. townsendi is synonymous to A. occipitalis. 
EtymologyNamed after Charles Haskins Townsend (1859-1944), a zoologist who worked for the U.S. Fish Commission (1883-1902). He explored northern California (1883-1884) and the Kobuk River, Alaska (1885), and was an expert before the Russo-American fisheries arbitration at The Hague (1896). 
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  • Chávez, G. & Venegas, P. 2007. Looking for Macanches in the dry forest of Peru. Reptilia (GB) (51): 54-59 - get paper here
  • Costa HC, Welton LJ, Hallermann J 2018. An updated diagnosis of the rare Amphisbaena slateri Boulenger, 1907, based on additional specimens (Squamata, Amphisbaenia, Amphisbaenidae). Evolutionary Systematics 2(2): 125-135 - get paper here
  • Gans, C. 2005. CHECKLIST AND BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE AMPHISBAENIA OF THE WORLD. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 289: 1-130 - get paper here
  • Gans, Carl 1961. Notes on Amphisbaenids (Amphisbaenia: Reptilia) 2. Amphisbaena occidentalis Cope from the Central Plain of Northern Peru. Postilla (56): 1-17 - get paper here
  • Parker, H.W. 1932. The Status of Two Peruvian Lizards. Copeia 1932 (4): 178 - get paper here
  • Peters, James A.; Donoso-Barros, Roberto & Orejas-Miranda, Braulio 1970. Catalogue of the Neotropical Squamata: Part I Snakes. Bull. US Natl. Mus. 297: 347 pp. - get paper here
  • Stejneger, LEONHARD 1911. Description of a new amphisbaenoid lizard from Peru. Proc. US Natl. Mus. 41: 283-284. - get paper here
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