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Monopeltis guentheri BOULENGER, 1885

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Higher TaxaAmphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Western Congo Worm Lizard 
SynonymMonopeltis guentheri BOULENGER 1885: 384
Monopeltis boulengeri BOETTGER 1887: 649
Monopeltis guentheri — DE WITTE & LAURENT 1942
Monopeltis güntheri — DE WITTE 1954: 995
Monopeltis guentheri — BROADLEY 1998
Monopeltis guentheri — GANS 2005: 35 
DistributionW Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)

Type locality: ‘‘Congo’’.  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH– 
CommentSynonymy that of GANS 1967.

Boudzoumou et al. 2012 concluded that the characters considered are of limited usefulness for identification of this species. They found total annuli number to have potential for use as a taxonomic character while there is little diagnostic value in body and tail length, number of anal plates, number of pre-anal pores, and number of dorsal and ventral segments. The currently utilised morphological characters are thus insufficient to identify Monopeltis guentheri. 
EtymologyNamed after Albert Günther (1830-1914), German-born zoologist at the British Museum. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boettger, OSKAR 1887. Diagnoses reptilium novorum ad ilI. viro Paul Hesse in finnibus fluminis Congo repetorum. Zool. Anz. 10 (267): 649-651 - get paper here
  • Boudzoumou, Sylvestre; Daniel Hoops, Victor Mamonekene & Kate Jackson 2013. Morphological variation in Monopeltis guentheri from forest habitat in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo (Squamata: Amphisbaenidae). African Journal of Herpetology 62 (2): 117-124, DOI: 10.1080/21564574.2012.761284 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1897. A list of reptiles and batrachians from the Congo Free State, with the description of two new snakes. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 19: 276-281 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. 2, Second edition. London, xiii+497 pp. - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Gans, C. 2005. CHECKLIST AND BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE AMPHISBAENIA OF THE WORLD. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 289: 1-130 - get paper here
  • Gans, Carl & Latifi,M. 1971. Redescription and geographic variation of Monopeltis guentheri Boulenger (Amphisbaenia, Reptilia).q. American Museum Novitates 2464: 1-21 - get paper here
  • Santos, Lívia Cristina dos 2013. Discovery of the second specimen of the African amphisbaenian Monopeltis kabindae Witte & Laurent, 1942. African Journal of Herpetology 62 (2): 109-116, DOI: 10.1080/21564574.2012.761283 - get paper here
  • Witte, G. F. de 1933. Reptiles récoltés au Conge Belge par le Dr. H. Schouteden et par M. G.-F. Witte. Ann. Mus. Conge belge Zool. Ser. 1 Tome III: 53-100.
  • Witte, G. F. de 1954. Revision des Amphisbaenidae du Congo Belge. Volume Jubilaire Victor Von Straelen. Brussels, vol. 2, pp. 981-1010.
  • 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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