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Platysaurus monotropis JACOBSEN, 1994

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Higher TaxaCordylidae, Sauria (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymPlatysaurus monotropis JACOBSEN 1994
Platysaurus monotropis — FROST et al. 2001
Platysaurus monotropis — STANLEY et al. 2011 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Northern Transvaal)

Type locality: Farm Blackhill 317 LR, Potgietersrust district(2328 BB), Transvaal.  
TypesHolotype: TM 70003,adult male; collector R.E.Newbery, 4 November,1985.
Allotype: TM 69990, adult female; same data as holotype.
Paratypes: TM 69992-3,69995,iW2, 7m06, same data as holotype TM 69991,69996-9,70001, etc. 
CommentIllustration in Gruschwitz & Schmidt 2001.

Reproduction: Oviparous.

Diagnosis: A medium-sized Plarysaurus, differing markedly from any other Transvaal species in having an orange head in males. with or without a black collar. The ventrals are mostly in less than 22 longitudinal rows and femoral pores in males number 17 or more. The tail is short, averaglng 58% of total length, which appearsto be the shortest of all Platysaurus taxa [from JACOBSEN 1994]. 
References
  • Blackburn, D.G. 1993. STANDARDIZED CRITERIA FOR THE RECOGNITION OF REPRODUCTIVE MODES IN SQUAMATE REPTILES. Herpetologica 49 (1): 118-132 - get paper here
  • Frost, D.; Janies, D.; Le Fras N. Mouton, P. & Titus, T. 2003. A molecular perspective on the phylogeny of the Girdled Lizards (Cordylidae, Squamata). American Museum Novitates (3310): 1-10 - get paper here
  • Gruschwitz M. & Schmidt A. 2001. Das Blouberg Conservation Project - eine einzigartige Schutzinitiative für südafrikanische Reptilien braucht Unterstützung. Elaphe 9 (2): 65-69
  • 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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