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Redescription and geographic variation of Monopeltis guentheri Boulenger (Amphisbaenia, Reptilia). American Museum novitates ; no. 2464

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dc.contributor.author Gans, Carl, 1923- en_US
dc.contributor.author Latifi, Mahmoud. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-10-06T16:33:43Z
dc.date.available 2005-10-06T16:33:43Z
dc.date.issued 1971 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/2672
dc.description 21 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 20-21). en_US
dc.description.abstract "The present paper reviews all available specimens of Monopeltis guentheri Boulenger, a form that occurs at several sites in the Congo River Basin. The study confirms that Monopeltis boulengeri Boettger is a strict synonym. Minor geographical variation is described. Most important is an ontogenetic change that produces keratinization and gradual fusion of the large cephalic shields. Only a very few juvenile specimens show two discrete shields; as individuals grow, the center of the suture fuses and finally most of it is covered by a thick layer of keratin. Specimens with an autotomized and healed tail show a distally pigmented and rounded tip which is most similar to the short (nonautotomizing) tail of some other species of the genus"--P. [1]. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher New York, N.Y. : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates ; no. 2464 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.2464, 1971 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Monopeltis guentheri en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Monopeltis guentheri -- Variation. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Amphisbaenidae -- Congo River Valley en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Amphisbaenidae -- Variation -- Congo River Valley. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Amphisbaenidae -- Congo (Democratic Republic) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Amphisbaenidae -- Variation -- Congo (Democratic Republic) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Reptiles -- Congo River Valley en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Reptiles -- Variation -- Congo River Valley. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Reptiles -- Congo (Democratic Republic) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Reptiles -- Variation -- Congo (Democratic Republic) en_US
dc.title Redescription and geographic variation of Monopeltis guentheri Boulenger (Amphisbaenia, Reptilia). American Museum novitates ; no. 2464 en_US
dc.title.alternative Amphisbaenia en_US
dc.type text en_US


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  • American Museum Novitates
    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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