Bipes

Bipes

 

a genus of squamate reptiles of the family Amphisbaenidae. Lizards of this genus have a marked cutaneous fold on both sides of the body. The eyes are covered by skin and show through as small dark spots. The animals measure as much as 25 cm in length. In contrast to all other members of the Amphisbaenidae, they have weakly developed anterior extremities with three or five digits, usually all the same size, with small claws.

The genus consists of three species: B. canaliculatus, B. tridactylus, and B. biporus. The lizards are distributed in the southern part of Baja California and in Western Mexico. They are burrowers and are also found in the nests of ants and termites. They feed on small invertebrates.

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Lefevre's monograph (1932) divided Peridinium into subgenus Cleistoperidinium (with Groupes Willei, Striolatum, Cinctum, and Palatinum) and subgenus Poroperidinium (with Groupes Bipes, Gutwinskii, Umbonatum, Elpatiewskyi, Cunningtonii, Lindemanni, Penardi, Lomnickii, Godlewskii, Allorgei, and Polonicum).
New records of insular distribution of four reptiles from northwestern Mexico are provided: Anniella pulchra (Todos Santos Norte island), Phyllodactylus homolepidurus, (Farallon de San Ignacio island), Bipes biporus (Magdalena island) and Chilomeniscus stramineus (Santa Margarita island).
Vidi bipedem super tripodem sedentem, cecidit bipes, corruit tripes.
A variant of the riddle found in Paris BN lat 2796 illustrates the point: "Vidi pipedem [bipedem] sedentem super tripedem; cecidit tripes corruit bipes.
Boethius' similar definition is, as one might expect in a work entitled Philosophiae consolatio, more succinct and less positive, but he too emphasizes our bipedality: "homo est animal bipes rationale.
18) In this instance, however, I would argue that bipes is the king, and the tripodem on which he sits is his throne, his stol, supported by the "three" orders that comprise and support the good Christian nation.