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Cynisca gansi Dunger

Okoloma Worm Lizard (Cynisca gansi)

The Okoloma Worm Lizard was described in 1968; it is only known from a single locality near the city of Okoloma in Nigeria.

The species inhabited the topsoil as well as the leaf litter in the native forests, which are now mostly converted into agricultural areas or are urbanized; the species might well be extinct.


The photo below shows a more widespread congenerix taxon, the Coast Worm Lizard (Cynisca leucura (Duméril & Bibron)), photographed in Nigeria.


Coast Worm Lizard (Cynisca leucura)

Photo: Babajide Agboola


edited: 18.02.2024