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Monopeltis scalper (GÜNTHER, 1876)

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Higher TaxaAmphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesMonopeltis scalper gerardi (BOULENGER 1913)
Monopeltis scalper scalper (GÜNTHER 1876) 
Common NamesE: Carved Worm Lizard 
SynonymPhractogonus scalper GÜNTHER 1876
Lepidosternon scalprum STRAUCH 1881
Monopeltis gerardi BOULENGER 1913
Monopeltis scalper bulsi LAURENT 1954: 68
Monopeltis scalper — BROADLEY 1998
Monopeltis scalper — GANS 2005: 37

Monopeltis scalper gerardi (BOULENGER 1913)
Monopeltis gerardi BOULENGER 1913
Monopeltis scalper gerardi — DE WITTE & LAURENT 1942: 75
Monopeltis scalper — DE WITTE 1954: 1004 
DistributionS Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)

Type locality: originally in error (see comment); actually ‘‘Kilemba in Urua’’ (5 Kilembe, lat. 78409S, long. 26°03’E, Democratic Republic of the Congo).

bulsi: Type locality: “Kamina, Haut Lomami”

gerardi: E Democratic Republic of the Congo; Terra typica: “Kikondja (Katanga).”  
TypesHolotype: BMNH
Holotype: RMCA (= MRAC = RGMC) 16179. Paratypes: RGMC 15917, 16015, 16016, 16178. [bulsi]
Holotype: RMCA 1201 [gerardi] 
CommentSubspecies that of GANS 1967. LAURENT (1956) suggested bulsi may be a full species. Both Broadley 1976 and Gans 2005 listed bulsi as synonym of scalper though.

The type locality was originally given as ‘‘Angola’’. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1913. Description d'une reptile amphisbénide nouveau provenant du Katanga. Rev. Zool. Africaine, Brussels 2: 392-393
  • 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
  • Broadley, Donald G. and F. P. D. Cotterill. 2004. The reptiles of southeast Katanga, an overlooked 'hot spot'. [Congo]. African Journal of Herpetology 53 (1): 35-61. - 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
  • Günther, CARL ALBERT LUDWIG GOTTHILF 1876. Notes on a small collection brought by Lieut. L. Cameron, C.B., from Angola. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1876: 678-679. - get paper here
  • Laurent, R.F. 1956. Notes herpetologiques africaines I. Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr. 52 (3-4): 229-256
  • Laurent, RAYMOND F. 1954. Reptiles et batraciens de la région de Dundo (Angola) (Deuxième note). Companhia de Diamantes de Angola (Diamang), Serviços Culturais, Publicações Culturais, No. 23: 37-84
  • 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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