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Higher TaxaAmphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata
Common NamesE: De 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
Monopeltis decosteri — BATES et al. 2014: 153 
DistributionS Mozambique, SE Zimbabwe, Republic of South Africa (Northern Province)

Type locality: Delagoa Bay (= Maputo, S. Mozambique)  
TypesHolotype: SAM 650. 
CommentHas been considered as a synonym of M. capensis. 
EtymologyNamed after Juste De Coster, the Belgian Consul at Delagoa Bay, where he also collected numerous specimens. 
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  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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 - get paper here
  • FitzSimons, V. 1937. Three new lizards from South Africa. Annals 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 - get paper here
  • 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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