Monopeltis rhodesiana BROADLEY, GANS & VISSER, 1976
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Monopeltis rhodesiana?
|Higher Taxa||Amphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Monopeltis capensis rhodesiana BROADLEY, GANS & VISSER 1976|
Monopeltis sphenorhynchus — BROADLEY 1962 (not A. SMITH) (part.)
Monopeltis rhodesianus — BROADLEY 1988
Monopeltis rhodesiana — BROADLEY 1997
Monopeltis rhodesianus — GANS 2005: 37
|Distribution||NW Zimbabwe, S Zambia, C Mozambique, S Malawi|
Type locality: Nyashanu, Save Communal Land, Buhera District, Zimbabwe.
|Types||Holotype: NMZB, previously UM 28699. Paratypes: AMNH 112980–112983; UM 28677–28690; 28692–28698; 28700–28710, 28713–28720, 28722–28776; taken with holotype.|
|Comment||Has often been treated as Monopeltis capensis. Has also been confused with M. decosteri. M. c. rhodesiana has been elevated to species status because it has a different karyotype (2n = 36 as opposed to 2n = 34 in typical M. capensis) and because of phenotypic differences.|
|Etymology||Named after its occurence in (Southern) Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.|
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