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Higher TaxaCordylidae (Platysaurinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Namaqua Flat Lizard, Cape Flat Lizard 
SynonymPlatysaurus capensis SMITH 1844
Platysaurus capensis — BOULENGER 1885: 261
Platysaurus capensis— BAUER & BRANCH 2003
Platysaurus capensis — STANLEY et al. 2011
Platysaurus capensis — SCHLEICHER 2020 
DistributionNW Republic of South Africa, S Namibia (Lower Orange River valley below Augrabies Falls, extending along Fish River into S Namibia and south to Garies in the Cape); restricted to the greater Kamiesberg region, from Carolusberg near Springbok south of Garies, Northern Cape Province

Type locality: “Great Namaqualand”, retricted to Kamiesberg region, Namaqualand, Northern Cape Province, South Africa (by Whiting et al. 2015).  
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.8.29.26 (formerly BM; syntype (paralectotype) MNHN 2807 (2500) (= MHNP). 
CommentSynonymy: Eastern populations of P. capensis are now Platysaurus broadleyi.

Distribution: see map in Whiting et al. 2015 (Fig. 1)

Type species: Platysaurus capensis SMITH 1844 is the type species of the genus Platysaurus SMITH 1844. 
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  • Schleicher, Alfred 2015. Reptilien Namibias. Namibia Scientific  Society, 276 pp.
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2020. Reptiles of Namibia. Kuiseb Publishers, Windhoek, Namibia, 271 pp.
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  • 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
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