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PHOTOGRAPHY: REPTILIA: AMPHISBAENIA

AMPHISBAENIA
WORM-LIZARDS

The Amphisbaenia are a group of legless, or almost legless, reptiles which are seen as an evolutionary advancement from within the lizards. They comprise the third suborder of the Squamata, the other two being the lizards and the snakes. Differing authorities recognise from three to six families, comprising twenty genera and 169 species. The photo library contains seven species from five genera in four families, representing 25% of all known genera.

Legend:
Photographic locality. Wherever possible precidence is given to wild specimens from known localitions, wherein the 'photographic locality' relates to the origin of the photographed specimens, rather than the taxon's entire range. The only exceptions are indicated by (captive) or (preserved specimen). These are either specimens photographed in captivity, where the locality given is a general distribution for the taxon, or preserved specimens photographed as biological voucher specimens.

Column D1. Digitized images - the bulk of the library consists of 35mm transparencies (mostly Kodachrome or Velvia) which are gradually being digitized [using Nikon CoolScan 4000 or Plustek OpticFilm 7600i] and stored on hard disc. 'X' indicates that digitized images are available, '[]' indicates that the transparencies of this taxon have yet to be digitized.

Column D2. Digital images - since 2005 digital images have also been taken [using Canon EOS 30D, 40D or 7D]. 'X' indicates that digital images are available in addition to digitized images for this taxon.


AMPHISBAENIDAE
WORM-LIZARDS

The Amphisbaenidae contains 10 genera and 164 species. It is represented in the photo library but a single genus and two species.

Amphisbaenidae
Worm-lizards
BLACK & WHITE WORM LIZARD Amphisbaena fuliginosa fuliginosa Paramatakoi, Guyana
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    Photograph locality:
D1.
D2.
Amphisbaena alba White worm-lizard Brazil (Roraima) X  
Amphisbaena fuliginosa fuliginosa Speckled worm-lizard Brazil (Roraima), Guyana X  

 

 


BIPEDIDAE
AJOLATES (MOLE WORM-LIZARDS)

The Bipedidae contains a single genus of three species with sone species in the photo library.

Bipedidae
Ajolates
FIVE-TOED WORM-LIZARD
Bipes biporus
La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
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    Photograph locality:
D1.
D2.
Bipes biporus Five-toed worm lizard Mexico (Naja California Sur)
X

 


BLANIDAE
MEDITERRANEAN WORM-LIZARDS

The Blanidae contains a single genus of five species, with two species represented in the photo library.

 

Blanidae
Mediterranean
worm-lizards

AEGEAN WORM-LIZARD
Blanus strauchi strauchi
Southeast Europe

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    Photograph locality: D1. D2.
Blanus cinereus Iberian worm-lizard Spain (Madrid) X X
Blanus strauchi strauchi Aegean worm lizard Southeast Europe (captive) X  


TROGONOPHIIDAE
SHORT-HEADED WORM-LIZARDS

The Trogonophiidae contains four genera and six species, with a single species represented in the photo library.

Trogonophiidae
Short-headed
worm-lizards
WESTERN CHECKERED
WORM-LIZARD
Trogonophis wiegmanni elegans
N.Africa
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    Photograph locality: D1. D2.
Diplometopon zarudnyi Arabian worm-lizard UAE (Sharjah) X X
Trogonophis wiegmanni elegans Western checkered worm lizard N.Africa (captive) X