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Monopeltis kabindae DE WITTE & LAURENT, 1942

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Higher TaxaAmphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata
Common NamesE: Kabinda Worm Lizard 
SynonymMonopeltis kabindae DE WITTE & LAURENT 1942: 76
Monopeltis kabindae — DE WITTE 1954: 1007
Monopeltis kabindae — BROADLEY 1998
Monopeltis kabindae — GANS 2005: 36 
DistributionS Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Central African Republic (Manovo)

Type locality: ‘‘Kabinda (Kasai)’’, Democratic Republic of the Congo.  
TypesHolotype: RMCA (= MRAC = RGMC) 6773. 
CommentConservation status: extremely rare (or difficult to find). Only 2 specimens of this species are known (as of early 2013). 
Etymologynamed after Kabinda, the type locality. 
  • 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 - get paper here
  • Gans, C. 2005. CHECKLIST AND BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE AMPHISBAENIA OF THE WORLD. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 289: 1-130 - 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 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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