Nucras caesicaudata BROADLEY, 1972
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Nucras caesicaudata?
|Higher Taxa||Lacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Bluetailed Sandveld Lizard, Bluetail Scrub Lizard|
|Synonym||Nucras caesicaudata BROADLEY 1972|
Nucras caesicaudata — TIEDEMANN et al. 1994
Nucras caesicaudata — EDWARDS et al. 2013
|Distribution||S Mozambique, SW Zimbabwe, NE South Africa|
Type locality: Sazale Pan, Gona-re-Zhou, southeastern Rhodesia at an elevation of 425 m.
|Types||Holotype: NMZB, previously UM 12380, an adult female; paratype: NMW|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A species of Nucras with a series of transversely enlarged plates under the forearm, a series of granules between supraoculars and supraciliaries and a dorsal pattern consisting of seven pale longitudinal· stripes. In life, . readily distinguished from its congeners by its powder-blue tail, from which it derives its specific name (unfortunately this coloration fades after preservation). The dorsal pattern is similar to that round in the holubi morph of N. taeniolata ornata, but the pale stripes tend to be broader and are often as wide or wider than the dark interspaces. This is a small species, not attaining the size of sympatric and parapatric populations of N. taeniolata ornata or N. intertexta.|