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Afroedura transvaalica (HEWITT, 1925)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Transvaal Rock Gecko, Transvaal Flat Gecko, Zimbabwe Flat Gecko, Limpopo Flat Gecko 
SynonymOedura transvaalica HEWITT 1925: 350
Oedura transvaalica platyceps HEWITT 1925: 352
Oedura transvaalensis — FITZSIMONS 1930: 24 (nom. subst.)
Afroedura transvaalica – LOVERIDGE 1947
Afroedura transvaalica platyceps – LOVERIDGE 1947: 266
Afroedura transvaalica — WERMUTH 1965
Afroedura transvaalica — AUERBACH 1987: 93
Afroedura transvaalica — RÖSLER 1995: 94
Afroedura transvaalica — BRANCH 1998: 234
Afroedura transvaalica — MASHININI & MAHLANGU 2013 
DistributionMozambique, Republic of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana

Type locality: N’jelele River, Zoutpansberg District, Transvaal (22°53'0.91"S, 30°29'2.79"E)

platyceps: Type locality: Umtali  
TypesSyntypes: PEM R16072–73 (formerly AMG 5114; TMP 3491–2);also given as DNMNH (= TM) 3487–90, 3494. 
CommentSubspecies: Afroedura transvaalica loveridgei BROADLEY 1963 has been elevated to full species status.

Key: for a key to the Afroedura transvaalica-group see Branch et al. 2021. 
  • Auerbach, R.D. 1987. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Botswana. Mokwepa Consultants, Botswana, 295 pp.
  • 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.
  • Bauer A M. Good D A. Branch W R. 1997. The taxonomy of the Southern African leaf-toed geckos (Squamata: Gekkonidae), with a review of Old World "Phyllodactylus" and the description of five new genera. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 49 (14): 447-497. - get paper here
  • Branch WR, Schmitz A, Lobón-Rovira J, Baptista NL, António T, Conradie W 2021. Rock island melody: A revision of the Afroedura bogerti Loveridge, 1944 group, with descriptions of four new endemic species from Angola. Zoosystematics and Evolution 97(1): 55-82 - get paper here
  • Branch, W. R. 1998. Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. 3rd ed. Fully Revised and Updated to Include 83 New Species. Ralph Curtis Books (Sanibel Island, Florida), 399 pp.
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • BRANCH, WILLIAM R.; JENNIFER A. GUYTON, ANDREAS SCHMITZ, MICHAEL F. BAREJ, PIOTR NASKRECKI, HARITH FAROOQ, LUKE VERBURGT, MARK-OLIVER RÖDEL 2017. Description of a new flat gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae: Afroedura) from Mount Gorongosa, Mozambique. Zootaxa 4324 (1): 142–160 - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G. 1962. On some reptile collections from the North-Western and North-Eastern Districts of Southern Rhodesia 1958-1961, with descriptions of four new lizards. Occ. Pap. Nat. Mus. South. Rhodesia 26 (B): 787-843
  • Broadley, D.G. 1963. Three new lizards from South Nyasaland and Tete. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (12) 6:285—288. - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G. 1964. A Note on the Domestication of Afroedura transvaalica. J. Herp. Assoc. Rhodesia (22): 16-17 - 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. 1930. Descriptions of new South African Reptilia and Batrachia, with distribution records of allied species in the Transvaal Museum collection. Annals Transvaal Mus. 14: 20-48. - get paper here
  • Hewitt, J. 1925. On some new species of Reptiles and Amphibians from South Africa. Rec. Albany Mus. (Grahamstown) 3: 343-370
  • JACOBSEN, NIELS H. G.; ARIANNA L. KUHN, TODD R. JACKMAN & AARON M. BAUER 2014. A phylogenetic analysis of the southern African gecko genus Afroedura Loveridge (Squamata: Gekkonidae), with the description of nine new species from Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa. Zootaxa 3846 (4): 451–501 - get paper here
  • Mashinini, P. L. and Mahlangu, L. M. 2013. An annotated catalogue of the types of gekkonid lizards (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) in the Herpetology collection of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, South Africa. Annals of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History 3: 165-181
  • Rösler, Herbert 1995. Geckos der Welt - Alle Gattungen. Urania, Leipzig, 256 pp.
  • Rösler, Herbert 2017. Gecko-Chorologie (Squamata: Gekkota). Gekkota (4): 1-160
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