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Cordylus angolensis (BOCAGE, 1895)

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Higher TaxaCordylidae, Sauria (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesAngolan Girdled Lizard 
SynonymZonurus angolensis BOCAGE 1895
Cordylus cordylus angolensis LOVERIDGE 1944
Cordylus angolensis - VISSER 1971
Cordylus angolensis — ADOLPHS 2006
Cordylus angolensis — STANLEY et al. 2011 
DistributionAngola, (N Namibia ?, S Zaire ?)

Type locality: Caconda, Huila District, Angola. 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.
 
Types 
CommentOvoviviparous.

The status of the poorly-known C. angolensis Bocage 1895 remains problematic. Broadley (1971) considered it a synonym of C. tropidosternum. Loveridge (1944) noted that Bocage’s type description of C. angolensis lacked detail, and the types have subsequently been destroyed. However, the colouration and various features of scalation in C. angolensis, i.e., 27-28 transverse rows of dorsals and 14 longitudinal rows of ventrals, are unusual in C. meculae. Given the large geographic distance between the two taxa they are unlikely to be conspecific, but this can only be resolved with the collection of additional material [from BRANCH et al. 2005]. 
EtymologyEtymology: Named after its distribution in Angola. 
References
  • Adolphs, K. 2006. Bibliotheca Cordyliformium. Squamata Verlag, Sankt Augustin, 303 pp.
  • Bocage,J.V. du B. 1895. Herpétologie d'Angola et du Congo. Lisbon: Imprimerie Nationale, i-xx, 203 pp.
  • BRANCH, WILLIAM R.; MARK-OLIVER RÖDEL AND JOHAN MARAIS 2005. A new species of rupicolous Cordylus Laurenti 1768 (Sauria: Cordylidae) from Northern Mozambique. African Journal of Herpetology 54 (2): 131-138. - get paper here
  • Loveridge,A. 1944. Revision of the African lizards of the family Cordylidae. Bull. Mus. comp. Zool. Harvard 95 (1): 1-118 - get paper here
  • Stanley, Edward L.; Aaron M. Bauer; Todd R. Jackman, William R. Branch, P. Le Fras N. Mouton 2011. Between a rock and a hard polytomy: rapid radiation in the rupicolous girdled lizard (Squamata: Cordylidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 58(1): 53-70. - get paper here
  • Visser, John D. 1971. Cordylus cordylus and its races in the Cape Province - A general discussion. Jour. Herp. Ass. Afr. 7: 18-20. - get paper here
 
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