The Dentition of the European Glass Lizard Ophisaurus apodus (PALLAS, 1775) (Reptilia, Sauria: Anguidae), with Notes on the Pattern of Tooth Replacement Zbynek Ro � ek Department of Paleontology, Faculty of Natural Science, Charles University, Albertov 6, 12 843 Praha 2, Czechoslovakia Abstract. The description of individual teeth, the dentition as a whole, and the main features of tooth- bearing bones in Ophisaurus apodus is given. The tooth replacement is rather different from that described for non-mammalian vertebrates (the wave replacement of alternate teeth). The wave of replacement affects adjacent teeth, not even and odd teeth separately. In some periods of the life none of the teeth are replaced which suggests that replacement is not continuous in time. As a result the posterior set of teeth becomes permanent and much worn in aged specimens. Introduction The outlines of the cranial osteology of Ophisaurus apodus are known especially from the paper of FEJÉRV ÁRY -LÁNGH (1923) which is a careful but rather static description. Little is known, however, on the dentition in different stages of ontogeny. The only attempt to show the mode of tooth replacement in the genus Ophisaurus was made by EDMUND (1960). Some brief notes on
Amphibia-Reptilia – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1980
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