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Cordylus marunguensis GREENBAUM, STANLEY, KUSAMBA, MONINGA, GOLDBERG & BURSEY, 2012

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Higher TaxaCordylidae (Cordylinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesMarungu Girdled Lizard 
SynonymCordylus marunguensis GREENBAUM, STANLEY, KUSAMBA, MONINGA, GOLDBERG & BURSEY 2012 
DistributionDemocratic Republic of the Congo

Type locality: Pepa, Marungu Mountains, Katanga Province, DRC (07°43’08.1’’S, 29°45’52.4’’E, ca. 2000 m elevation). Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
 
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: UTEP 20374 (field no. EBG 2994), an adult female. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet refers to the Marungu Plateau where the new species was discovered. 
References
  • Greenbaum, Eli; Edward L. Stanley, Chifundera Kusamba, Wandege M. Moninga, Stephen R. Goldberg & Charles R. Bursey 2012. A new species of Cordylus (Squamata: Cordylidae) from the Marungu Plateau of south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. African Journal of Herpetology 61 (1): 14-39 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • SCHNEIDER, Christian & Mirko BARTS 2012. Ein neuer Gürtelschweif aus der Katanga-Region im Kongo. Terraria-Elaphe 2012 (6): 52 - get paper here
 
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