from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of tailless amphibians, typical of the family Brevicipitidæ.


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  • Many more species are endemic to the ecoregion including the rock dwelling iguanids Oplurus saxicola and O. fihereniensis, the day gecko Phelsuma breviceps, nocturnal geckos Ebenavia maintimainty and Matoatoa brevipes, and the snake Liophidium chabaudi.

    Madagascar spiny thickets

  • Reptiles and amphibians recorded from the islands include 2 geckoes (Hemidactylus spp.), 2 agamid lizards including the common garden lizard or blood sucker (Calotes versicolar), the snake skink (Riopa albopunktata), common wolf snake (Lycodon aulicus), another snake, Typhlos braminus, a short-headed frog, Rana breviceps, and a larger toad, Bufo melanostictus.

    Maldives-Lakshadweep-Chagos Archipelago tropical moist forests

  • Endemic reptiles include the gray chameleon (Chameleo chapini), crested chameleon (C. cristatus), Grant's African ground snake (Gonionotophis grantii), Fuhn's five-toed skink (Leptosiaphos fuhni), Peter's lidless skink (Fanaspis breviceps), Cameroon stumptail chameleon (Rhampholeon spectrum), and Zenker's worm snake (Typhlops zenkeri).

    Northwestern Congolian lowland forests

  • Family Species Rhinolophidae Hipposideros breviceps* Cercopithecidae Presbytis potenziani* Cercopithecidae Nasalis concolor* Cercopithecidae Macaca pagensis* Hylobatidae Hylobates klossi* Viverridae Paradoxurus lignicolor* Sciuridae Callosciurus melanogaster* Sciuridae Lariscus obscurus* Muridae Iomys sipora* Sciuridae Hylopetes sipora* Muridae Petinomys lugens* Muridae Rattus lugens* Muridae Rattus adustus* Muridae Rattus enganus* Muridae Chiropodomys karlkoopmani* Muridae Leopoldamys siporanus* Muridae Maxomys pagensis* Muridae Rattus hoogerwerfi An asterisk signifies that the species 'range is limited to this ecoregion.

    Mentawai Islands rain forests

  • Eleven species of whale visit the northern Gulf: blue Balaenoptera musculus (EN), fin B. physalus (EN), sperm Physeter macrocephalus (VU) and humpback Megaptera novaeangliae (VU); also killer Orcinus orca, false killer Pseudorca crassidens, shortfinned pilot Globicephala macrorhynchus, Cuvier’s beaked Ziphius cavirostris, pygmy sperm Kogia breviceps, minke Balaenoptera acutorostrata and greywhale Eschrichtius robustus. 161 species of fish, 42 of them endemic, are recorded there.

    Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico


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