Smaug regius (BROADLEY, 1962)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Smaug regius?
|Higher Taxa||Cordylidae (Cordylinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Regal Girdled Lizard|
|Synonym||Cordylus warreni regius BROADLEY 1962: 808|
Cordylus regius — BRANCH 1998
Smaug regius — STANLEY et al. 2011
Type locality: Dora, 8 miles S.S.W. of Umtali, Southern Rhodesia at 3700 ft. elevation (= 1100 m elevation)
|Types||Holotype: NMZB, previously UM/H 1210, adult male|
|Diagnosis||DIAGNOSIS. A race intermediate in many respects between C. w. warreni of Zululand and C. w. mossambicus of Gorongoza Mt., Mozambique, but also showing affinities with C. w. barbertonensis of the eastern Transvaal. The dorsal scalation is similar to that of mossambicus, but the scales are 'rather larger and more spinose, in 24-26 longitudinal rows (28 in mossambicus, 20-22 in warreni). The development of spines on limbs and body is similar to that in warreni, but the new form has the more strongly depressed head of barbertonensis. It would appear that regius attains a greater size than the other races and the brilliant orange or yellow lateral and ventral coloration in the males seems to be peculiar to this form; Other distinctive characters are the shape of the preocular and the tendency towards eight occipitals (not more than six in other races).|
|Comment||Illustration of C. w. regius in Reptilia (Münster) 8 (2): 25 and Reptilia (GB) (29): 15.|
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