Cynisca gansi Dunger, 1968
Okoloma worm lizard
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
Last record: 1968 or before
IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)
As amphisbaenians are fossorial (burrowing) animals, the lack of records of this species are less likely to indicate it's extinction than if it belonged to a less cryptic group.
Holotype: AMNH 102409
Type locality: ‘‘Okoloma village near Port Harcourt, Eastern Nigeria (4°42’N, 7°27’E)’’
Original scientific description:
Dunger, G. T. (1968). The lizards and snakes of Nigeria. Part 5: the amphisbaenids of Nigeria including a description of 3 new species. Nigerian Field 33(4): 167-192.
Dunger, G. T. (1969). Amendments and additions. Nigerian Field 34 (1): 48.
Gans, C. (1987). Studies on Amphisbaenians (Reptilia). 7. The small round-headed species (Cynisca) from Western Africa. American Museum Novitates 2896: 1-84.
Gans, C. (2005). Checklist and bibliography of the Amphisbaenia of the world. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 289: 1-130.
Luiselli, L. and Chirio, L. (2013). Cynisca gansi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T203808A2771570. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-1.RLTS.T203808A2771570.en. Downloaded on 14 December 2015.