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Higher TaxaAmphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenia, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesMonopeltis vanderysti vanderysti (DE WITTE 1922)
Monopeltis vanderysti lujae (DE WITTE 1922) 
Common NamesE: Vanderyst Worm Lizard 
SynonymMonopeltis vanderysti DE WITTE 1922: 66
Monopeltis vanderysti vanderysti — DE WITTE & LAURENT 1942
Monopeltis vanderysti vanderysti — LAURENT 1954: 1000
Monopeltis vanderysti vilhenai LAURENT 1954: 66
Monopeltis vanderysti closei LAURENT 1954: 68
Monopeltis lujae WITTE 1922: 67
Monopeltis vanderysti — BROADLEY 1998
Monopeltis vanderysti — GANS 2005: 37
Monopeltis vanderysti — MARQUES et al. 2018

Monopeltis vanderysti lujae (DE WITTE 1922)
Monopeltis lujae DE WITTE 1922
Monopeltis vanderysti lujae — DE WITTE & LAURENT 1942: 74
Monopeltis vanderysti lujae — LAURENT 1952: 203
Monopeltis vanderysti lujae — WITTE 1954: 1002 
DistributionW/C/S Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Angola

Type locality: ‘‘Wombali; Leverville (dist. du Kwango); Lac Leopold II; Kasai’’, Congo; restricted to ‘‘Wombali (dist. Lac Leopold II),’’ Democratic Republic of the Congo (Gans, 1967).

lujae: Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Type locality: “Lubue (distr. Kwango)”  
TypesLectotype: RMCA (= MRAC = RGMC) 1872 (Gans, 1967a). Lectoparatypes: RGMC 897 (Lac Leopold II); RGMC 962 (Kasai); RGMC 2309 (Leverville, Kwango).
Holotype: RMCA (= MRAC = RGMC) 14702 (14502 in error). Paratypes: RGMC 11953; also RGMC 14581 [closei]
Holotype: RMCA 505 (= MRAC = RGMC) [lujae]
Types: MD (Museu Dundo) [vilhenai] 
CommentSynonyms and subspecies that of Broadley et al. (1976) and Gans 2005. 
EtymologyNamed after Father Hyacinth Julien Robert Vanderyst (1860-1934), a missionary, anthropologist, agronomist, botanist and naturalist in the Belgian Congo (Zaire). 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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.
  • 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
  • Ceríaco, Luis M. P.; Mariana P. Marques, Ilunga André, Esteves Afonso, David C. Blackburn & Aaron M. Bauer 2020. ILLUSTRATED TYPE CATALOGUE OF THE “LOST” HERPETOLOGICAL COLLECTIONS OF MUSEU DO DUNDO, ANGOLA. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 162 (7): 379-440 - 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
  • Gans, Carl 1967. A check list of recent amphisbaenians (Amphisbaenia, Reptilia). Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 135:61-106. - get paper here
  • 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
  • Marques, Mariana P.; Luis M. P. Ceríaco , David C. Blackburn , and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. Diversity and Distribution of the Amphibians and Terrestrial Reptiles of Angola -- Atlas of Historical and Bibliographic Records (1840–2017). Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 4) 65: 1-501 (Supplement II)
  • Witte, G. F. de 1922. Description de reptiles nouveaux du Congo Belge. Rev. Zool. Africaine 10: 66-71 - 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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