Platysaurus capensis SMITH, 1844
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|Higher Taxa||Cordylidae (Platysaurinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Namaqua Flat Lizard, Cape Flat Lizard|
|Synonym||Platysaurus capensis SMITH 1844|
Platysaurus capensis — BOULENGER 1885: 261
Platysaurus capensis— BAUER & BRANCH 2003
Platysaurus capensis — STANLEY et al. 2011
Platysaurus capensis — SCHLEICHER 2020
|Distribution||NW 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).
|Types||Lectotype: BMNH 19184.108.40.206 (formerly BM 220.127.116.11); syntype (paralectotype) MNHN (= MHNP) 2807 (2500).|
|Diagnosis||Definition (genus): Extremely dorso-ventrally flattened. Medium to very large-bodied (maximum snout-vent-length, SVL 73– 146 mm), limbs long and digits unreduced. Granular dorsal scales, ventrals large, square or quadrangular, smooth, juxtaposed, in regular longitudinal and transverse series. Caudal scales not spinose and arranged in whorls. Osteoderms restricted to dorsum of head fide Lang 1991. Oviparous, laying 1–2 eggs. Sexually dichromatic, with brightly colored males and cryptic females [from STANLEY et al. 2011].|
|Comment||Synonymy: 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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