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Zygaspis nigra BROADLEY & GANS, 1969

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Higher TaxaAmphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata 
Common Names 
SynonymZygaspis niger BROADLEY & GANS 1969
Zygaspis niger — AUERBACH 1987: 138
Zygaspis nigra — BROADLEY & BROADLEY 1997
Zygaspis nigra — GANS 2005: 39 
DistributionSW Zambia (west of the Zambezi), E Angola, Namibia (eastern Caprivi strip), Botswana

Type locality: Kalabo, Barotse Province (W Zambia). Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: NMZB, previously UM 6698. Paratypes: AMNH 95948; FMNH 133021, 134262, 134263, 142695–142702; TMP 32658, 32659; UM 4817–4818, 6694–6697, 6699–6712, (6699, 6701 to MCZ; 6695, 6707 to IRScNB), 10066–10075, 11556– 11561. 
  • Auerbach, R.D. 1987. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Botswana. Mokwepa Consultants, Botswana, 295 pp.
  • Broadley D G; Gans C 1978. Distribution, variation, and systematic status of Zygaspis violacea (Peters) (Amphisbaenia: Reptilia) endemic to southeastern Africa. Annals of the Carnegie Museum 47 (14) : 319-334
  • Broadley, D. & GANS,C. 1969. A new species of Zygaspis (Amphisbaenia: Reptilia) from Zambia and Angola. Arnoldia (Rhodesia) 4 (25): 1-4
  • Broadley, D.G. & Gans,C. 1975. Additional records for Zygaspis niger and Z. quadrifrons. Herpetological Review 6 (1): 21 - get paper here
  • Broadley, Donald G. & Broadley, Sheila 1997. A revision of the African genus Zygaspis Cope (Reptilia: Amphisbaenia). Syntarsus 4: 1-24
  • Gans, C. 2005. CHECKLIST AND BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE AMPHISBAENIA OF THE WORLD. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 289: 1-130
  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - get paper here
  • Measey, John & Krystal A. Tolley 2013. A molecular phylogeny for sub-Saharan amphisbaenians. African Journal of Herpetology 62 (2): 100-108 - get paper here
  • Pietersen DW, Pietersen EW, Conradie W. 2017. Preliminary herpetological survey of Ngonye Falls and surrounding regions in south-western Zambia. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 11(1) [Special Section]: 24–43 (e148 - get paper here
  • Saiff, E. I. 1970. Geographical variation in the genus Zygaspis (Amphisbaenia: Reptilia). Herpetologica 26 (1): 86-119 - get paper here
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