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Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California, Including Its Pacific Islands and the Islands in the Sea of Cortes$
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L. Grismer

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520224179

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520224179.001.0001

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Worm Lizards

Worm Lizards

Chapter:
(p.252) (p.253) 5 Worm Lizards
Source:
Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California, Including Its Pacific Islands and the Islands in the Sea of Cortes
Author(s):

L. Lee Grismer

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520224179.003.0007

The worm lizards belong to a large group called Amphisbaenia, comprising of 24 genera and over 143 species. The worm lizards of Baja California belong to the family Bipedidae and are represented by a single endemic species of bipedid: Bipes biporus (Five-Toed Worm Lizard). Bipes biporus can be distinguished from all other lizards by having forelimbs and lacking hind limbs. All other amphisbaenians are limbless.

Keywords:   worm lizards, Amphisbaenia, Bipedidae, bipedids, Bipes biporus

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