Lualaba worm lizard

Lualaba worm lizard

Lualaba worm lizard

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Monopeltis adercae

The Lualaba worm lizard (Monopeltis adercae ) is a species of amphisbaenian in the family Amphisbaenidae. The species is endemic to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Animal name origin

The specific name, adercae, is in honor of Bernard Max Aderca, who was a Belgian geologist and paleontologist.

Appearance

The holotype of M. adercae has a total length of 360 mm (14 in), which includes a tail 57 mm (2.2 in) long. The diameter of the body is 9 mm (0.35 in).

Distribution

Geography

M. adercae is found in southern Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the vicinity of Mulongo. The holotype was collected at an elevation of 617 m (2,024 ft).

Mating Habits

The mode of reproduction of M. adercae is unknown.

References

1. Lualaba worm lizard Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lualaba_worm_lizard

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