The atlas–axis complex in Dibamidae (Reptilia: Squamata) and their potential relatives: The effect of a fossorial lifestyle on the morphology of this skeletal bridge

@article{eransk2019TheAC,
  title={The atlas–axis complex in Dibamidae (Reptilia: Squamata) and their potential relatives: The effect of a fossorial lifestyle on the morphology of this skeletal bridge},
  author={Andrej {\vC}erňansk{\'y} and E. L. Stanley},
  journal={Journal of Morphology},
  year={2019},
  volume={280},
  pages={1777 - 1797}
}
  • Andrej Čerňanský, E. L. Stanley
  • Published 2019
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of Morphology
  • We report on the first detailed study of the atlas–axis complex in the lizard clade Dibamidae, a family of poorly known fossorial squamates distributed in tropical or subtropical climates. This skeletal bridge is characterized by several features, such as the complete absence of the first intercentrum or the appearance of the first free cervical rib on the axis (usually less developed in Dibamus relative to that in Anelytropsis). Our study shows morphological differences of the atlas–axis… CONTINUE READING

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