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Blanus thomaskelleri Cernansky et al. 2015 (worm lizard)

Reptilia - Squamata - Amphisbaenidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 317255

Full reference: A. Cernansky, J. C. Rage, and J. Klembara. 2015. The Early Miocene squamates of Amöneburg (Germany): the first stages of modern squamates in Europe. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 13(2):97-128

Belongs to Blanus according to A. Cernansky et al. 2015

Sister taxa: Blanus cinereus, Blanus gracilis, Blanus mendezi, Blanus strauchi, Omoiotyphlops priscus

Type specimen: PAL EV 2013/271, a mandible (incomplete right dentary lacking the anterior portion). Its type locality is Amöneburg, which is in a MN 2 lagoonal/restricted shallow subtidal limestone in the Wiesbaden Formation of Germany.

Ecology: fossorial insectivore