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Monopeltis rhodesiana BROADLEY, GANS & VISSER, 1976

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Higher TaxaAmphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymMonopeltis 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 
DistributionNW Zimbabwe, S Zambia, C Mozambique, S Malawi

Type locality: Nyashanu, Save Communal Land, Buhera District, Zimbabwe.  
TypesHolotype: NMZB, previously UM 28699. Paratypes: AMNH 112980–112983; UM 28677–28690; 28692–28698; 28700–28710, 28713–28720, 28722–28776; taken with holotype. 
CommentHas 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. 
EtymologyNamed after its occurence in (Southern) Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. 
  • 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. 1962. On some reptile collections from the North-Western and North-Eastern Districts of Southern Rhodesia 1958-1961, with descriptions of four new lizards. Occ. Pap. Nat. Mus. South. Rhodesia 26 (B): 787-843
  • Broadley, D.G. 1988. A check list of the reptiles of Zimbabwe, with synoptic keys. Arnoldia Zimbabwe 9(30): 369-430.
  • 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
  • Gemel, R.; G. Gassner & S. Schweiger 2019. Katalog der Typen der Herpetologischen Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien – 2018. Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, B 121: 33–248
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