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Monopeltis scalper (GÜNTHER, 1876)

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Higher TaxaAmphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata 
SubspeciesMonopeltis scalper bulsi LAURENT 1954
Monopeltis scalper gerardi (BOULENGER 1913)
Monopeltis scalper scalper (GÜNTHER 1876) 
Common NamesCarved Worm Lizard 
SynonymPhractogonus scalper GÜNTHER 1876
Lepidosternon scalprum STRAUCH 1881
Monopeltis gerardi BOULENGER 1913
Monopeltis scalper bulsi LAURENT 1954: 68
Monopeltis scalper — BROADLEY 1998
Monopeltis scalper — GANS 2005: 37

Monopeltis scalper gerardi (BOULENGER 1913)
Monopeltis gerardi BOULENGER 1913
Monopeltis scalper gerardi — DE WITTE & LAURENT 1942: 75 
DistributionS Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)

Type locality: originally in error (see comment); actually ‘‘Kilemba in Urua’’ (5 Kilembe, lat. 78409S, long. 26°03’E, Democratic Republic of the Congo).

bulsi: Type locality: “Kamina, Haut Lomami”

gerardi: E Democratic Republic of the Congo; Terra typica: “Kikondja (Katanga).”  
TypesHolotype: BMNH
Holotype: RMCA (= MRAC = RGMC) 16179. Paratypes: RGMC 15917, 16015, 16016, 16178. [bulsi] 
CommentSubspecies that of GANS 1967. LAURENT (1956) suggested bulsi may be a full species.

The type locality was originally given as ‘‘Angola’’. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1913. Description d'une reptile amphisbénide nouveau provenant du Katanga. Rev. Zool. Africaine, Brussels 2: 392-393
  • Broadley, D.G. 1998. The reptilian fauna of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa). In: Schmidt, K.P. and Noble, G.K., Contributions to the Herpetology of the Belgian Congo... [reprint of the 1919 and 1923 papers]. SSAR Facsimile reprints in Herpetology, 780 pp.
  • 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
  • Broadley, Donald G. and F. P. D. Cotterill. 2004. The reptiles of southeast Katanga, an overlooked 'hot spot'. [Congo]. African Journal of Herpetology 53 (1): 35-61. - get paper here
  • Gans, C. 2005. CHECKLIST AND BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE AMPHISBAENIA OF THE WORLD. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 289: 1-130
  • Günther, CARL ALBERT LUDWIG GOTTHILF 1876. Notes on a small collection brought by Lieut. L. Cameron, C.B., from Angola. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1876: 678-679. - get paper here
  • Laurent, R.F. 1956. Notes herpetologiques africaines I. Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr. 52 (3-4): 229-256
  • Laurent, RAYMOND F. 1954. Reptiles et batraciens de la région de Dundo (Angola) (Deuxième note). Companhia de Diamantes de Angola (Diamang), Serviços Culturais, Publicações Culturais, No. 23: 37-84
  • Witte, G. F. de AND RAYMOND F. LAURENT 1942. Contribution à la systématique de Amphisbaenidae du Congo belge. Rev. Zool. Bot. Africaine 36 (1): 67-86.
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