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Dalophia ellenbergeri (ANGEL, 1920)

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Higher TaxaAmphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymMonopeltis ellenbergeri ANGEL 1920
Monopeltis ellenbergeri — MONARD 1931: 97
Dalophia ellenbergeri — GANS et al. 1976
Tomuropeltis ellenbergeri —BRYGOO 1990: 10
Tomuropeltis ellenbergeri — FRANK & RAMUS 1995
Dalophia ellenbergeri — GANS 2005: 30
Dalophia ellenbergeri — LONGRICH et al. 2015 
DistributionZambia, Angola

Type locality: ‘‘Lealui Dist. (Haut-Zambéze)’’.  
TypesSyntypes: MNHN-RA 1920.0078-0080 (3 specimens) 
EtymologyNamed after Victor Ellenberger (1879-1972), a Protestant evangelical missionary, naturalist and anthropologist in Southern Africa. He was born to a Swiss family in Lesotho, sent to France for his education, became a French national, and returned to the mission in Africa (1903-1934) before returning to France in 1935. 
  • Angel, F. 1920. Liste de reptiles du Haut-Zambèze et de l'Afrique australe. Description d'une espèce nouvelle du genre Monopeltis. Bull. Mus. natl. Hist. nat. Paris 26 (7): 614-617 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Broadley, D. G. 1997. Geographic distribution. Dalophia ellenbergeri. African Herp News (26):34-35. - 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 - get paper here
  • Brygoo, E. R. 1990. Les types d'Amphisbaenidés, Pygopodidés, Xantusiidés (Reptiles, Sauriens) du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle - Catalogue critique. Bull. Mus. Nat. Hist. Nat. 12 (ser. 4) A (3-4), suppl.: 3-18
  • Gans, C. 2005. CHECKLIST AND BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE AMPHISBAENIA OF THE WORLD. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 289: 1-130 - get paper here
  • Laurent, R.F. 1947. Notes sur les Amphisbaenidae d'Afrique. Revue. Zool. Bot. Afr. Vol. 40: 52-63
  • Longrich, Nicholas R.; Jakob Vinther , R. Alexander Pyron , Davide Pisani , Jacques A. Gauthier 2015. Biogeography of worm lizards (Amphisbaenia) driven by end-Cretaceous mass extinction. Proc Biol Sci. 2015 May 7;282(1806). pii: 20143034. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.3034. - get paper here
  • Marques, Mariana P.; Luis M. P. Ceríaco , David C. Blackburn , and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. Diversity and Distribution of the Amphibians and Terrestrial Reptiles of Angola -- Atlas of Historical and Bibliographic Records (1840–2017). Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 4) 65: 1-501 (Supplement II)
  • Monard, ALBERT 1931. Mission scientifique Suisse dans l'Angola. Résultats scientifiques. Reptiles. Bull. Soc. Neuchâtel Sci. Nat., vol. 33, pp. 89-111. [1930] - get paper here
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