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Tropidosaura cottrelli (HEWITT, 1925)

IUCN Red List - Tropidosaura cottrelli - Near Threatened, NT

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Cottrell's Mountain Lizard 
SynonymBasutosaura cottrelli HEWITT 1925: 356
Tropidosaura cottrelli — FITZSIMONS 1943: 307
Tropidosaura cottrelli — BATES et al. 2014: 177 
DistributionSouth Africa, Lesotho (Drakensberg)

Type locality: Nemahedi Camp, nr. Mont aux Sources, Basutoland  
TypesHolotype: PEM R16093; (formerly AMG, fide FITZSIMONS 1943: 309) 
CommentSympatry: Eremias burchelli, Pseudocordylus microlepidotus and Trimerorhinus rhombeatus (fide Hewitt 1925). 
EtymologyNamed after John Awdry Cottrell (b. 1904), a South African naturalist and ornithologist who collected the holotype (1925). 
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Bates, Michael F. 2013. Geographic distribution: Tropidosaura cottrelli (Hewitt, 1925) Cottrell's Mountain Lizard. African Herp News (60): 26-28 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Branch, W.R 1985. Geographical Distribution - Tropidosaura cottrelli. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (31): 26-26 - get paper here
  • CONRADIE, WERNER; WILLIAM R. BRANCH, & GILLIAN WATSON 2019. Type specimens in the Port Elizabeth Museum, South Africa, including the historically important Albany Museum collection. Part 2: Reptiles (Squamata). Zootaxa 4576 (1): 001–045 - get paper here
  • FitzSimons, V.F. 1943. The lizards of South Africa. Transvaal Museum Memoir No.1 (Pretoria), 528 pp.
  • Hewitt, J. 1925. On some new species of Reptiles and Amphibians from South Africa. Rec. Albany Mus. (Grahamstown) 3: 343-370
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