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Ancylocranium ionidesi LOVERIDGE, 1955

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Higher TaxaAmphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesAncylocranium ionidesi ionidesi LOVERIDGE 1955
Ancylocranium ionidesi haasi GANS & KOCHVA 1966 
Common NamesE: Kilwa Sharp-snouted Worm Lizard 
SynonymAncylocranium ionidesi LOVERIDGE 1955: 177
Ancylocranium ionidesi ionidesi — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 20
Ancylocranium ionidesi — GANS 2005: 22
Ancylocranium ionidesi — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 324

Ancylocranium ionidesi haasi GANS & KOCHVA 1966
Ancylocranium ionidesi haasi — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 20
Ancylocranium haasi — GANS 2005: 22 

haasi: Type locality: Mtene, Rondo Plateau, Lindi District, Tanzania.

Type locality: Kilwa, Southern Province, Tanzania.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 52530. Paratypes: MCZ 52531 (Kilwa); BMNH 1954.1.13.68; MCZ 53112 (Kilongo, Kilwa).
Holotype: MCZ 57189. Paratypes: CG 1130, 1665–1682. [haasi] 
EtymologyNamed after Constantine John Philip Ionides (1901-1968), British hunter and herpetologist of Greek origin. See Beolens et al. 2011 for many interesting tidbits of this interesting personality. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Gans, C. 2005. CHECKLIST AND BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE AMPHISBAENIA OF THE WORLD. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 289: 1-130 - get paper here
  • Gans, C., AND ELAZAR KOCHVA 1966. A systematic review of Ancylocranium (Amphisbaenia: Reptilia). [Notes on amphisbaenids 22]. Israel Jour. Zool. 14: 87-121 [1965]
  • Loveridge, A. 1955. On a second collection of reptiles and amphibians taken in Tanganyika Territory by C. J. P. lonides,. Journ. E. Africa Nat. Hist. Soc. 22: 169-198
  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147] - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
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