June 19, 2020

070 Amphisbaenian Appetites

In this Patreon special episode we delve into the underground lives of the ultimate oddities - worm lizards. Find out how they go about tackling their invertebrate prey, and hear about a brand new species.

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Main Paper References:

Baeckens, S., García‐Roa, R., Martín, J., Ortega, J., Huyghe, K., & Van Damme, R. (2017). Fossorial and durophagous: implications of molluscivory for head size and bite capacity in a burrowing worm lizard. Journal of Zoology, 301(3), 193-205.

López, P., Martín, J., & Salvador, A. (2013). Flexibility in feeding behaviour may compensate for morphological constraints of fossoriality in the amphisbaenian Blanus cinereus. Amphibia-Reptilia, 34(2), 241-247.

Species of the Bi-Week:

De Almeida, J. P. F. A., De Freitas, M. A., Da Silva, M. B., Valverde, M. C. C., Rodrigues, M. T., Pires, A. M., & Mott, T. (2018). A new four-pored Amphisbaena (Squamata: Amphisbaenidae) from northeastern Brazil. Zootaxa, 4514(4), 553-562.

Other Mentioned Papers/Studies:

Martín, J., Polo-Cavia, N., Gonzalo, A., López, P., & Civantos, E. (2012). Sexual dimorphism in the North African amphisbaenian Trogonophis wiegmanni. Journal of Herpetology, 46(3), 338-341.

Other Links/Mentions:


Fundraiser for Ciliwung Herpetarium: https://bit.ly/3fJw6vj 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Mronxhn2sU Amphisbaenia alba

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoyrON_kGKw Amphisbaena fuliginosa


Intro/outro – Treehouse by Ed Nelson

Species of the Bi-Week theme - Mike Mooney

Other Music – The Passion HiFi, www.thepassionhifi.com

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