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Cordylus minor FITZSIMONS, 1943

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Higher TaxaCordylidae (Cordylinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesE: Western Dwarf Girdled Lizard
G: Zwerggürtelschweif 
SynonymCordylus cordylus minor FITZSIMONS 1943: 458
Cordylus minor — MOUTON & VAN WYK 1989
Cordylus minor — FROST et al. 2001
Cordylus minor — STANLEY et al. 2011
Cordylus minor — REISSIG 2014 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (isolated populations at Matjesfontein, Prince Albert, and near Meiringspoort)

Type locality: just north of Matjesfontein [Western Cape Province], South Africa.  
TypesSyntypes: DNMNH (= TM) 19563-19568 (6 adult males and females) 
EtymologyNamed after its relatively small size compared to other (sub-) species in the genus. 
  • 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.
  • FitzSimons, V.F. 1943. The lizards of South Africa. Transvaal Museum Memoir No.1 (Pretoria), 528 pp.
  • Frost, D.; Janies, D.; Le Fras N. Mouton, P. & Titus, T. 2003. A molecular perspective on the phylogeny of the Girdled Lizards (Cordylidae, Squamata). American Museum Novitates (3310): 1-10 - get paper here
  • Mouton, P. Le F.N. & J.H. Van Wyk 1994. Taxonomic status of geographical isolates in the Cordylus minor complex (Reptilia: Cordylidae): A description of three new species. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa 43: 6-18. - get paper here
  • Mouton, P. le Fras N. & Wyk, Johannes H. van 1989. A Revision of the Taxonomic Status of Cordylus cordylus minor Fitzsimons, 1943 (Reptilia: Cordylidae). J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (Proceedings of the First H.A.A. Conference, Editor: Branch, William R.) (Humewood), 36: 78. - get paper here
  • Mouton, P. le Fras N. & Wyk, Johannes H. van 1989. Cordylus minor: A valid species of South African lizard (Reptilia: Cordylidae). South African J Zoology 24 (4): 322-328.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Valencia, J. H., K. Garzón-Tello & M. E. Barragán-Paladines 2016. Serpientes venenosas del Ecuador: sistemática, taxonomía, historia natural, conservación, envenenamiento y aspectos antropológicos. Quito, Ecuador, Fundación Herpetológica Gustavo Orcés, Universidad de Texas, Fondo Ambiental Nacional, 652 pp. [review in HR 49 (1): 152, 2018]
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