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Chamaesaura anguina LINNAEUS, 1758

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Higher TaxaCordylidae, Sauria (lizards) 
SubspeciesChamaesaura anguina anguina (LINNAEUS, 1758)
Chamaesaura anguina oligopholis LAURENT 1964 
Common NamesCape Snake Lizard 
SynonymChamaesaura anguina anguina (LINNAEUS 1758)
Lacerta anguina LINNAEUS 1758: 210
Chalcides pinnata LAURENTI 1768
Chalcides anguina — MEYER 1795
Chamaesaura anguinea — SCHNEIDER 1801
Seps monodactylus DAUDIN 1802
Chalcides monodactylus — OPPEL 1811
Lacerta monodactyla — SHAW & NODDER 1811: plate 947
Monodactylus anguinus — MERREM 1820
Chamaesaura anguina — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 441
Chamaesaura anguina — BOULENGER 1885: 264
Chamaesaura didactyla BOULENGER 1890
Chamaesaura anguina anguina - LOVERIDGE 1944
Chamaesaura anguina anguina — BOYCOTT 1992
Cordylus anguinus — FROST et al. 2001
Cordylus anguina — COOPER 2005

Chamaesaura anguina oligopholis LAURENT 1964
Chamaesaura anguina oligopholis LAURENT 1964
Chamaesaura anguina oligopholis — STANLEY et al. 2011 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa, Swaziland, Angola, Kenya, Tanzania, S Mozambique, E/S Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Uganda

Type locality: “in Cap. B. Spei lutosis, mihi non visa” Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesType: BMNH 1946.8.7.98 (and possibly additional specimens). 
CommentReproduction: Ovoviviparous.

Reduced limbs.

Type species: Lacerta anguina LINNAEUS 1758 is the type species of the genus Chamaesaura SCHNEIDER 1801. 
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