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Cordylus mclachlani MOUTON, 1986

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Higher TaxaCordylidae (Cordylinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: McLachlan’s Girdled Lizard
G: McLachlans Gürtelschweif 
SynonymCordylus mclachlani MOUTON 1986
Cordylus mclachlani — ADOLPHS 2006
Cordylus mclachlani — STANLEY et al. 2011
Cordylus mclachlani — REISSIG 2014 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Koue Bokkeveld in W Cape)

Type locality: Koue Bokkeveld, near Ceres, South Africa, 32°49' 03" S, 19°27'58" E.  
TypesHolotype: SAM 47100, adult male. Allotype: SAM 47101, adult female. Parotypes: SAM 47101- 47109,three adult males, one subadult male and four adult females. SAM 47101 and SAM 47109 collected 14 April 1985, all other specimens collected 8 May 1985. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. G.R. Mclachlan, herpetologist at the South African Museum, Cape Town, in appreciation of his contribution towards herpetology in South Africa. 
  • Adolphs, K. 2006. Bibliotheca Cordyliformium. Squamata Verlag, Sankt Augustin, 303 pp.
  • 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.
  • Mouton P le F N 1986. Description of a new species of Cordylus Laurenti (Reptilia: Cordylidae) from the south-western Cape, South Africa. South African J Zoology 21 (4) 1986: 319-324 - get paper here
  • Mouton, P. le F. N., Visser, J. D., Wyk, J. H. van 1992. Morphological variation in the girdled lizard Cordylus mclachlani MOUTON, 1986. South African J Zoology 27 (1): 35-37 - get paper here
  • MOUTON, P. LE FRAS N.; DAHNÉ A. JANSE VAN RENSBURG and JOHANNES H. VAN WYK 2010. Epidermal glands in cordylid lizards, with special reference to generation glands. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 158: 312–324. - get paper here
  • Reissig, J. 2014. Girdled Lizards and Their Relatives. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, ISBN-10: 3899734378
  • 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
  • Tolley, Krystal A; Nicolas S Telford, Jody M Taft, Michael F Bates, Werner Conradie, Buyisile G Makhubo, Graham J Alexander 2021. Taxonomic inflation due to inadequate sampling: are girdled lizards (Cordylus minor species complex) from the Great Karoo one and the same? Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 135 (1): 1–24 [print 2022] - get paper here
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