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Pedioplanis burchelli (DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1839)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Burchell's Sand Lizard 
SynonymEremias burchelli DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 303
Eremias burchelli — GRAY 1845
Eremias burchelli — MÜLLER 1880
Eremias burchelli — HEWTITT 1926: 80
Eremias burchelli — FITZSIMONS 1943: 346
Pedioplanis burchelli — BALLETTO 1968 [by implication]
Mesalina burchelli — SZCZERBAK 1975
Pedioplanis burchelli — MAYER & BERGER-DELL’MOUR 1988
Mesalina burchelli — SZCZERBAK 1989
Pedioplanis burchelli — MAYER 1989
Pedioplanis burchelli — NKOSI et al. 2004
Pedioplanis burchelli — MAKOKHA et al. 2007
Pedioplanis burchelli — KIRCHHOF et al. 2017 
DistributionS/E South Africa, Lesotho

Type locality: "South Africa"  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.7.82 (previously 
CommentDiet: insectivorous.

Type species: Eremias burchelli DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 303 is the type species of the genus Pedioplanis FITZINGER 1843.

Key: Parrinha et al. 2021:42 provide a key to the species of Pedioplanis. 
EtymologyNamed after WiIliam John Burchell (1781-1863), an explorer and naturalist. He went to the Cape of Good Hope (1810) and undertook a major exploration of the interior of South Africa (1811-1815). He committed suicide. 
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  • Conradie, Werner; Brain Reeves, Sandile Mdoko, Lwandiso Pamla, Oyama Gxabhu 2020. Herpetological survey of the Ongeluksnek (Malekgalonyane) Nature Reserve on the foothills of the Drakensberg, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Herpetology Notes 13: 717-730 - get paper here
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