Anguidae


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Anguidae

[′aŋ·gwə‚dē]
(vertebrate zoology)
A family of limbless, snakelike lizards in the suborder Sauria, commonly known as slowworms or glass snakes.

Anguidae

 

a family of reptiles of the suborder of lizards. Some species have the typical lizard build, while others have small or underdeveloped legs, with a more or less elongated body; some lack legs entirely and look like snakes. The tongue is short and is forked at the tip. The eyelids are well developed and mobile. There are seven genera, comprising approximately 60 species. They are most widespread in Central America. The genus Anguis of the family Anguidae contains only one species, the blindworm (A. fragilis), which has an apodal body up to 60 cm long. It is widely distributed in Europe and Asia (east to the river Tobol); there are none in the steppe region and in the Crimea. The reptiles feed on mollusks, earthworms, and insects. They are oviviparous. The genus Ophisaurus comprises six species, including the common yellow belly (O. apodus), an apodal lizard more than 1 meter long. The genus Gerrhonotus is distributed in Central and North America; representatives of this genus have well-developed limbs.

REFERENCES

Terent’ev, P. V. Gerpetologiia. Moscow, 1961.
Zhizn’ zhivotnykh, vol. 4, part 2. Moscow, 1969.
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Como se sabe, las lagartijas de la familia Anguidae se caracterizan por su conducta agonistica durante los encuentros intraespecificos, y se ha documentado que el sitio donde mas se agreden, es la cola y la cabeza (Dashevsky et al.
A general pattern of somewide scales (2 to 7) longitudinally disposed along the ciliary border is repeated either in Lacertoidea or Scincoidea, as well as in Anguidae.
Hence, the cooccurences in eight families (Boidae, Colubridae, Elapidae, Typhlopidae, Viperidae, Anguidae, Iguanidae, and Scincidae) of egg guarding and viviparous species may relate to common causation rather than to one factor (egg guarding) preadapting a species for another (viviparity).
Gerrhonotus infernalis had a large number of mites in small clusters from the sides of the neck along the length of the flanks, protected in the granular fold that is characteristic of Anguidae (Fig.
Durante la preparacion de los tercios de flores (aglomeracion de bromelias, amarradas y apiladas), varias decenas de lagartijas de la familia Anguidae son sacrificadas, en especial Mesaspis moreletii Bocourt (1871) y Abronia lythrochila Smith & Alvarez del Toro (1963).
2005), Anguidae (Guillette and Casas-Andreu, 1987), and Cordylidae (Flemming, 1993).