Monday, October 3, 2011

[Herpetology • 2010] Amphisbaena carli • A new two-pored Amphisbaena (Family: Amphisbaenidae) from the Brazilian Cerrado biome

Amphisbaena carli

Amphisbaena carli sp. nov. is described from a Cerrado region in the southwestern of the state of Bahia, Brazil. The new species is diagnosable by having: small and separated nasal scales; two pre-cloacal pores separated from each other; 221–242 body annuli; 10–13 caudal annuli; 21–23 dorsal and 21–23 ventral segments to a midbody annulus; and tail without visible autotomic constriction. A proposition of standardization of head scalation nomenclature for amphisbaenids and comments on the current status of the genus Amphisbaena are also provided.

Key words: Amphisbaenia, Bahia, Brazil, Head scalation nomenclature, worm lizard

Pinna et al. 2010. A new two-pored Amphisbaena Linnaeus from the endangered Brazilian Cerrado biome (Squamata: Amphisbaenidae). Zootaxa 2569: 44-54.