Cordylus angolensis (BOCAGE, 1895)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cordylus angolensis?
|Higher Taxa||Cordylidae (Cordylinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Angolan Girdled Lizard|
|Synonym||Zonurus angolensis BOCAGE 1895|
Cordylus cordylus angolensis LOVERIDGE 1944
Cordylus angolensis — VISSER 1971
Cordylus angolensis — ADOLPHS 2006
Cordylus angolensis — STANLEY et al. 2011
|Distribution||Angola, (N Namibia ?, S Zaire ?)|
Type locality: Caconda, Huila District, Angola.
|Types||Holotype: MBL (probably lost in fire 1978)|
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].
|Etymology||Named after its distribution in Angola.|