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Redescription of the rare South American worm lizard Amphisbaena rozei (Squamata: Amphisbaenidae)

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Author(s):
Costa, Henrique C. [1] ; Celsa Senaris, Josefa [2] ; Rojas-Runjaic, Fernando J. M. [3, 4] ; Zaher, Hussam [5] ; Garcia, Paulo C. A. [1]
Total Authors: 5
Affiliation:
[1] Univ Fed Minas Gerais, Inst Ciencias Biol, Dept Zool, Programa Posgrad Zool, Av Antonio Carlos 6627, BR-3127090 Belo Horizonte, MG - Brazil
[2] Inst Venezolano Invest Cient, Ctr Ecol, Cta Panamericana Km 11, Apdo 20632, Caracas 1020A - Venezuela
[3] Pontificia Univ Catolica Rio Grande Do Sul, Fac Biociencias, Programa Posgrad Zool, Av Ipiranga 6681, BR-90619900 Porto Alegre, RS - Brazil
[4] Fdn La Salle Ciencias Nat, Museo Hist Nat La Salle, Apdo 1930, Caracas 1010A - Venezuela
[5] Univ Sao Paulo, Museu Zool, CP 42494, BR-04218070 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 5
Document type: Journal article
Source: Amphibia-Reptilia; v. 39, n. 1, p. 21-30, 2018.
Web of Science Citations: 2
Abstract

Amphisbaena rozei is endemic to the Caura River basin in Venezuela, and known only from the holotype and one paratype. Its original description is very brief, lacking relevant information used by taxonomists today. Additionally, A. rozei appears to be similar to A. spurrelli, a species from northwestern Colombia and southern Panama. We present a redescription of A. rozei based on the examination of the type specimens and compare this taxon to the other known South American amphisbaenids, especially A. spurrelli. We conclude A. rozei is a valid name, and the species is diagnosed mainly by the presence of four precloacal pores, a lateral sulcus, 205-209 body annuli, 20 caudal annuli, 15-16 dorsal and 14 ventral segments on a midbody annulus, and dorsal surface of tail covered by strong tubercles. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 11/50206-9 - Origin and evolution of snakes and their diversification in the Neotropics: a multidisciplinary approach
Grantee:Hussam El Dine Zaher
Support type: BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Thematic Grants