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Higher TaxaCordylidae (Platysaurinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesAugrabies Flat Lizard, Broadley’s Flat Lizard 
SynonymPlatysaurus broadleyi BRANCH & WHITING 1997
Platysaurus broadleyi — ADOLPHS 2006
Platysaurus broadleyi — STANLEY et al. 2011
Platysaurus broadleyi — LIVIGNI 2013: 286 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Northern Cape Province; restricted to the vicinity of the Orange River, from Augrabies to Klein Pella, just west of Onseepkans).

Type locality: Augrabies Falls National Park, Gordonia District, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.  
TypesHolotype: TM 79828 (= Transvaal Museum, Pretoria) 
CommentEastern populations of P. capensis are now Platysaurus broadleyi. 
EtymologyNamed in honor of Donald G. Broadley (1932-2016), famous African herpetologist. See Bates & Branch 2018 for an obituary. 
  • Adolphs, K. 2006. Bibliotheca Cordyliformium. Squamata Verlag, Sankt Augustin, 303 pp.
  • 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.
  • Bates, Michael F. & William R. Branch 2018. End of an era for African Herpetology—An obituary for a remarkable man: Donald George Broadley (29 May 1932 – 10 March 2016). African Journal of Herpetology, DOI: 10.1080/21564574.2018.1437085 - get paper here
  • Beolens, ; Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Blackburn, D.G. 1993. STANDARDIZED CRITERIA FOR THE RECOGNITION OF REPRODUCTIVE MODES IN SQUAMATE REPTILES. Herpetologica 49 (1): 118-132 - get paper here
  • Branch, W. R. & M. J. Whiting 1997. A new Platysaurus (Squamata: Cordylidae) from the Northern Cape Province, South Africa. African Journal of Herpetology 46 (2): 124-136. - get paper here
  • Bukovsky, J. 2016. Welterstnachzucht von Platysaurus broadleyi. Reptilia 21 (119): 13
  • Cooper Jr., W.E. 2005. Duration of movement as a lizard foraging movement variable. Herpetologica 61 (4): 363-372 - get paper here
  • Cooper, W.E. & Whiting, M.J. 2003. Prey chemicals do not affect giving-up time at ambush posts by the cordylid lizard Platysaurus broadleyi. Herpetologica 59 (4): 455-458 - get paper here
  • Greeff, J.M., and M.J. Whiting. 1999. Dispersal of Namaqua fig seeds by the lizard Platysaurus broadleyi (Sauria: Cordylidae). Journal of Herpetology 33:328-330 - get paper here
  • Greeff, J.M., and M.J. Whiting. 2000. Foraging-mode plasticity in the lizard Platysaurus broadleyi . Herpetologica 56: 402-407 - get paper here
  • LiVigni, F. (ed.) 2013. A Life for Reptiles and Amphibians, Volume 1. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 495 pp. - get paper here
  • Mouton, P. Le Fras N. 2011. Aggregation behaviour of lizards in the arid western regions of South Africa. African Journal of Herpetology 60 (2): 155-170
  • 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.
  • Scott, Ian A.W.; J. Scott Keogh and Martin J. Whiting 2004. Shifting sands and shifty lizards: molecular phylogeny and biogeography of African flat lizards (Platysaurus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 31: 618–629 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Whiting, M.J. 1999. When to be neighbourly: differential agonistic responses in the lizard Platysaurus broadleyi . Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 46:210-214
  • Whiting, M.J. 2002. Field experiments on intersexual differences in predation risk and escape behaviour in the lizard Platysaurus broadleyi . Amphibia-Reptilia 23 (1): 119-124 - get paper here
  • Whiting, M.J., and J.M. Greeff. 1999. Use of heterospecific cues by the lizard Platysaurus broadleyi for food location. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 45:420-423
  • Whiting, M.J., and P.W. Bateman. 1999. Male preference for large females in the lizard Platysaurus broadleyi (Sauria: Cordylidae). Journal of Herpetology 33:309-312 - get paper here
  • WHITING, MARTIN J.; WILLIAM R. BRANCH, MITZY PEPPER & J. SCOTT KEOGH 2015. A new species of spectacularly coloured flat lizard Platysaurus (Squamata: Cordylidae: Platysaurinae) from southern Africa. Zootaxa 3986 (2): 173–192 - get paper here
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