Cynisca nigeriensis DUNGER, 1968
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|Higher Taxa||Amphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata|
|Synonym||Cynisca nigeriensis DUNGER 1968: 177|
Cynisca nigeriensis — GANS 2005: 29
|Distribution||N Nigeria (vicinity of Takwashara, near Abuja)|
Type locality: ‘‘in the vicinity of Takwashara, near Abuja (8°52’N, 7°27’E) in Northern Nigeria.’’
|Types||Holotype: AMNH 102413 (Dunger, 1968). Paratypes: AMNH 102414–102423; CG 3981–3984.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A medium sized speciesof the genus Clnisca 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 large elongate postfrontals, together forming the shape of an armorial shield, the postfrontals being sometimes of irregular shape and size. A pair of medium-sized parietals and usually a pair of interparietals, irregular in shape and size, sometimes absent on one or both sides. 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 (chin shields) in two rows, anterior and posterior, containing 4+4 segments but sometimes 2+4 or 3+4. Post-genials flanked by symmetrical enlarged malar shields. Body annuli 225-243; lateral annuli 2-4; caudal annuli 20-22 with an autotomy constriction after the 5th, 6th or 7th caudal annulus. Ten precloacal pores in the male; none in the female; 6-7 precloacal and 5-1o postcloacal segments. Segments in a mid-body annulus number 18-20, 10 dorsal and 8-10 ventral (from Dunger 1968).|
Diagnosis: Gans 1987: 57
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||Named after the type locality.|
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