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Loveridgea phylofiniens (TORNIER, 1899)

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Higher TaxaAmphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata
Common NamesE: Udjiji Worm Lizard 
SynonymAmphisbaena phylofiniens TORNIER 1899: 260
Loveridgea phylofiniens — VANZOLINI 1951: 114
Loveridgea phylofiniens — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 19
Loveridgea phylofiniens — GANS 2005: 34
Loveridgea phylofiniens — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 319 
DistributionTanzania (vicinity of Ujiji)

Type locality: Ujiji, Tanzania.  
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 15669, ZMB 69096 (two specimens). 
DiagnosisDefinition. Snout compressed, strongly bent. The premaxilla forms an anterior vertical keel. Basipterygoid processes and supratemporal absent. Partes posteriores choanarum present, sometimes reduced. Quadrate rod-like. Dentition 7; 4; 6 [premaxillary, maxillary and mandibular number of teeth]. Four pairs of large shields behind the rostral (one more than in Amphisbaena) (Vanzolini 1951: 114). 
CommentType species: Amphisbaena phylofiniens TORNIER 1899: 260 is the type species of the genus Loveridgea VANZOLINI 1951.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Gans C; Kraklau D M 1989. Studies on amphisbaenians (Reptilia) 8. Two genera of small species from east Africa (Geocalamus and Loveridgea). American Museum Novitates (2944) : 1-28 - 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
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • 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
  • Tornier,G. 1899. Drei Reptilien aus Afrika. Zool. Anz. 22 (588): 258-261 - get paper here
  • Vanzolini, P.E. 1951. A systematic arrangement of the family Amphibaenidae (Sauria). Herpetologica 7: 113-123 - get paper here
  • Williams E E 1982. Arthur Loveridge—A Life in Retrospect. Breviora (471): 1-12 - get paper here
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