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Matobosaurus maltzahni (DE GRYS, 1938)

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Higher TaxaGerrhosauridae (Gerrhosaurinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesWestern Giant Plated Lizard 
SynonymGerrhosaurus maltzahni DE GRYS 1938
Gerrhosaurus validus damarensis FITZSIMONS 1938
Gerrhosaurus validus maltzahni — LOVERIDGE 1942: 495
Gerrhosaurus validus maltzahni — BAUER et al. 1993
Gerrhosaurus validus maltzahni — GRIFFIN 2003: 75
Matobosaurus maltzahni — BATES et al. 2013 
DistributionNW/C Namibia, S Angola

Type locality: Roidina Farm, South West Africa.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: ZMH (destroyed? fide Griffin 2003). 
Comment 
EtymologyThe genus name is a masculine name derived from the Ndebele word matobo meaning ‘bald heads’, i.e. smooth ‘whaleback dwalas’ formed when granite is forced to the surface, and the Latinised word saurus meaning lizard. The word matobo was the name given by Mzilikazi, founder of the Ndebele nation, to the Matobo (Matopo) Hills area in southern Zimbabwe, characterized by granite hills and wooded valleys, representing prime habitat for lizards in this genus (see Mertens 1955; Broadley 1966; Pienaar et al. 1983). 
References
  • BATES, MICHAEL F.; KRYSTAL A. TOLLEY, SHELLEY EDWARDS, ZOË DAVIDS, JESSICA M. DA SILVA, & WILLIAM R. BRANCH 2013. A molecular phylogeny of the African plated lizards, genus Gerrhosaurus Wiegmann, 1828 (Squamata: Gerrhosauridae), with the description of two new genera. Zootaxa 3750 (5): 465–493 - get paper here
  • Bauer, Aaron M.; Branch, William R. & Haacke, Wulf D. 1993. The herpetofauna of the Kamanjab area and adjacent Damaraland, Namibia. Madoqua (Windhoek) 18 (2): 117-145.
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1905. A list of the batrachians and reptiles collected by Dr. W. J. Ansorge in Angola with descriptions of new species. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (7) 16: 105-115 - get paper here
  • Fitzsimons,V.F.M. 1938. Transvaal Museum Expedition to South-West Africa and Little Namaqualand, May to August 1937 - Reptiles and Amphibians. Ann. Transvaal Mus. (Pretoria) 19 (2): 153-209 - get paper here
  • GRIFFIN, M. 2003. Annotated Checklist and Provisional National Conservation Status of Namibian Reptiles. Namibia Scientific Society, Windhoek. [2] + 169 pp.
  • Grys, P. de 1938. Gerrhosaurus maltzahni spec. nov. Zool. Anz. 124 (3/4): 58-60
  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - get paper here
  • Loveridge,A. 1942. Revision of the African lizards of the family Gerrhosauridae. Bull. Mus. comp. Zool. Harvard 89 (11): 485-543 - get paper here
  • Marques, Mariana P.; Luis M. P. Ceríaco , David C. Blackburn , and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. Diversity and Distribution of the Amphibians and Terrestrial Reptiles of Angola -- Atlas of Historical and Bibliographic Records (1840–2017). Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 4) 65: 1-501 (Supplement II)
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2015. Reptilien Namibias. Namibia Scientific  Society, 276 pp.
 
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