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Nucras caesicaudata BROADLEY, 1972

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesBluetailed Sandveld Lizard, Bluetail Scrub Lizard 
SynonymNucras caesicaudata BROADLEY 1972
Nucras caesicaudata — TIEDEMANN et al. 1994
Nucras caesicaudata — EDWARDS et al. 2013 
DistributionS Mozambique, SW Zimbabwe, NE South Africa

Type locality: Sazale Pan, Gona-re-Zhou, southeastern Rhodesia at an elevation of 425 m.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: NMZB, previously UM 12380, an adult female; paratype: NMW 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. 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. 
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References
  • 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.
  • Broadley, D.G. 1972. A review of the Nucras tessellata group (Sauria: Lacertidae). Arnoldia 20: 1-35
  • Edwards, Shelley; Krystal A. Tolley, Bieke Vanhooydonck, G. John Measey and Anthony Herrel 2013. Is dietary niche breadth linked to morphology and performance in Sandveld lizards Nucras (Sauria: Lacertidae)?. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, DOI: 10.1111/bij.12148 - get paper here
  • Jacobsen, Niels H.G.; Errol W. Pietersen & Darren W. Pietersen 2010. A preliminary herpetological survey of the Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary on the San Sebastian Peninsula, Vilankulo, Mozambique. Herpetology Notes 3: 181-193 - get paper here
  • Pietersen, Darren W. Pietersen, Errol W. Haacke, Wulf D. 2013. First herpetological appraisal of the Parque Nacional de Banhine, Gaza Province, southern Mozambique. Annals of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History 3: 153-163 - get paper here
  • Tiedemann,F.; Häupl,M. & Grillitsch,H. 1994. Katalog der Typen der herpetologischen Sammlung nach dem Stand vom 1. Jänner 1994. Teil II: Reptilia. Kat. wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 10 (Vertebrata 4): 1-110
 
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