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Cordylosaurus subtessellatus (SMITH, 1844)

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Higher TaxaGerrhosauridae (Gerrhosaurinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesDwarf Plated Lizard 
SynonymGerrhosaurus subtessellatus SMITH 1844
Pleurostrichus subtessellatus GRAY 1845
Gerrhosaurus trivittatus PETERS 1862: 18
Cordylosaurus trivittatus — GRAY 1865
Cordylosaurus trivirgatus — GRAY 1865: 641
Cordylosaurus trivittatus australis HEWITT 1932: 114
Cordylosaurus subtessellatus — LOVERIDGE 1942
Cordylosaurus subtessellatus — AUERBACH 1987: 122
Cordylosaurus subtessellatus — WHITING et al. 2003
Cordylosaurus subtessellatus — BATES et al. 2014: 226 
DistributionS Angola, Namibia, W Republic of South Africa, Botswana

Type locality: Neu-Barmen [=Otjimbingue, Namibia] [Gerrhosaurus trivittatus PETERS 1862]  
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 4205-7, 50300 [Gerrhosaurus trivittatus PETERS 1862] 
CommentType species: Cordylosaurus trivirgatus GRAY 1865 is the type species of the genus Cordylosaurus GRAY 1865. 
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  • Barts, Mirko 2018. Ein kleiner Reiseführer zu den Reptilien und Amphibien Namibias. Draco 16 (64): 6-23 [2015] - get paper here
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Bauer, A.M., and Branch, W.R. 2003. The herpetofauna of the Richtersveld National Park, Northern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa. Herpetological Natural History 8: 111-160 [2001]
  • Bauer, Aaron M.; Branch, William R. & Haacke, Wulf D. 1993. The herpetofauna of the Kamanjab area and adjacent Damaraland, Namibia. Madoqua (Windhoek) 18 (2): 117-145.
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1897. A revision of the lizards of the genus Sceloporus. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1897: 474-522 - get paper here
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • Elzen, Paul van den 1980. Cordylosaurus subtessellattus [sic!] (Smith). Supplément à la Revue Francaise d'Aquariologie, 7 (3), n° 3/80: 2 S.
  • Gray, J. E. 1866. Descriptions of two new genera of lizards from Damaraland. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1865: 640-642 - get paper here
  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - get paper here
  • Hewitt, J. 1932. Some new species and subspecies of South African batrachians and lizards. Ann. Natal Mus. (Pietermaritzburg) 7 (1): 105-128
  • LOEHR, V.J.T. 2008. Cordylosaurus subtessellatus (A. Smith, 1844). Captive reproduction and longevity. African Herp News (44): 14 - get paper here
  • 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)
  • Peters,W.C.H. 1862. Übersicht einiger von dem , durch seine afrikanische Sprachforschungen, rühmlichst bekannten, Hrn. Missionär C.H. Hahn bei Neu-Barmen, im Hererolande, and der Westküste von Afrika, im 21˚ südl. Br. gesammelten Amphibien, nebst Beschreibungen der neue Monatsber. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1862: 15-26 - get paper here
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2015. Reptilien Namibias. Namibia Scientific  Society, 276 pp.
  • Smith,A. 1844. Illustrations of the zoology of South Africa, Reptilia. Smith, Elder, and Co., London - get paper here
  • Whiting, A.S.; Aaron M. Bauer and Jack W. Sites, Jr. 2003. Phylogenetic relationships and limb loss in sub-Saharan African scincine lizards (Squamata: Scincidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 29 (3): 582-598 - get paper here
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