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Platysaurus lebomboensis JACOBSEN, 1994

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Higher TaxaCordylidae, Sauria (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymPlatysaurus lebomboensis JACOBSEN 1994
Platysaurus lebomboensis — SCOTT et al. 2004
Platysaurus lebomboensis — STANLEY et al. 2011 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Transvaal), KwaZulu, Swaziland.

Type locality: Mananga hill, Barberton district (2531 DD), Transvaal, 25° 58' S, 31°52' E. Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
 
TypesHolotype: TM 70037, adult male, collector H.G. Jacobsen 28 January 1981.
Allotypes: TM
Paratypes: TM 
CommentReproduction: Oviparous.

Diagnosis. This taxon differs from its closest relative P. i. wilhelmi Hewitt in colour,being blackish-brown to black dorsally with or without red lateral stripes and in having the nasals mostly (64%) in contact [from JACOBSEN 1994]. 
Etymologynamed after the Type locality in the southern Lebombo mountain range. 
References
  • Blackburn, D.G. 1993. STANDARDIZED CRITERIA FOR THE RECOGNITION OF REPRODUCTIVE MODES IN SQUAMATE REPTILES. Herpetologica 49 (1): 118-132 - get paper here
  • Jacobsen, N. H. G. 1994. The Platysaurus intermedius complex (Sauria: Cordylidae) in the Transvaal, South Africa, with descriptions of three new taxa. South African J Zoology 29 (2): 132-143. - get paper here
  • 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
 
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