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Monopeltis decosteri BOULENGER, 1910

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Higher TaxaAmphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata 
Common NamesDe Coster's Worm-Lizard 
SynonymMonopeltis decosteri BOULENGER 1910: 495
Monopeltis decosteri — FITZSIMONS 1937: 277
Monopeltis decosteri — LOVERIDGE 1941: 426
Monopeltis sphenorhynchus — BROADLEY 1962: 824 (not PETERS) (part.)
Monopeltis capensis — BROADLEY 1971: 682 ( not A. SMITH)
Monopeltis decosteri — BROADLEY 1997: 9
Monopeltis decosteri — GANS 2005: 35 
DistributionS Mozambique, SE Zimbabwe, Republic of South Africa (Northern Province)

Type locality: Delagoa Bay (= Maputo, S. Mozambique) Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: SAM 650. 
CommentHas been considered as a synonym of M. capensis. 
  • Auerbach, R.D. 1987. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Botswana. Mokwepa Consultants, Botswana, 295 pp.
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1910. A revised list of the South African reptiles and batrachians, with synoptic tables, special reference to the specimens in the South African Museum, and descriptions of new species. Annals of the South African Museum 5: 455-543 - get paper here
  • Broadley, D. G. 1997. A review of the Monopeltis capensis complex in southern Africa (Reptilia: Amphisbaenidae). African Journal of Herpetology 46 (1): 1-12. - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G., Gans,C. & Visser, J. 1976. Studies on Amphisbaenians. (6). The Genera Monopeltis and Dalophia in Southern Africa. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 157 (5): 311-486
  • FitzSimons, V. 1937. Three new lizards from South Africa. Ann. Transvaal Mus. 17 (4): 275-279. - get paper here
  • FitzSimons, V.F. 1943. The lizards of South Africa. Transvaal Museum Memoir No.1 (Pretoria), 528 pp.
  • Gans, C. 2005. CHECKLIST AND BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE AMPHISBAENIA OF THE WORLD. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 289: 1-130
  • Gray,J.E. 1865. A revision of the genera and species of amphisbaenians with the descriptions of some new species now in the collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (3) 16: 365-377 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, ARTHUR 1941. Revision of the African lizards of the family Amphisbaenidae. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 87: 353-451. - get paper here
  • Smith,A. 1848. Illustrations of the zoology of South Africa, Reptilia. Smith, Elder, and Co., London - get paper here
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