Cynisca gansi DUNGER, 1968
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cynisca gansi?
|Higher Taxa||Amphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata|
|Synonym||Cynisca gansi DUNGER 1968: 172|
Cynisca gansi — GANS 2005: 28
Type locality: ‘‘Okoloma village near Port Harcourt, Eastern
Nigeria (4°42’N, 7°27’E)’’.
|Types||Holotype: AMNH 102409 (Dunger, 1968). Paratypes: AMNH 102410–102412, CG 3579–3580.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A medium sized member of the genus Cynisca showing major fusions of the head shields, namely fusion of the 1st and 2nd supralabials with the nasal, prefrontal, frontal, preocular and ocular shields. A pair of postfrontals together forming an irregular oval more convex posteriorly than anteriorly-the posterior limits of these postfrontals may be partly or wholly absent resulting in partial or complete fusion with the parietals behind. A pair of large parietals. A pair of small interparietals of regular shape and size. Fusion of the 1st and 2nd supralabials; a large posterior (3rd) supralabial. Fusion of the 1st and 2nd infralabials; a small posterior (3rd) infralabial. Mental fused to the postmental; the postgenials in two rows, an anterior containing 3 segments and a posterior containing 4 segments. Postgenials flanked by symmetrical enlarged malar shields. Body annuli 229-237; lateral annuli 2-4; caudal annuli 22-23 with the constriction for autotomy after the 7th or 8th caudal annulus. Ten precloacal pores in the male and none in the female; 6-8 precloacal and 8-11 post- cloacal segments surround the cloacal slit (from Dunger 1968).|
|Etymology||Named after Carl Gans (1923-2009), German-born American herpetologist. See Adler et al. 2010 for obituaries.|