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Cordylus angolensis (BOCAGE, 1895)

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Higher TaxaCordylidae (Cordylinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Angolan Girdled Lizard
G: Angola-Gürtelschweif 
SynonymZonurus angolensis BOCAGE 1895
Cordylus cordylus angolensis LOVERIDGE 1944
Cordylus angolensis — VISSER 1971
Cordylus angolensis — ADOLPHS 2006
Cordylus angolensis — STANLEY et al. 2011
Cordylus angolensis — REISSIG 2014 
DistributionAngola, (N Namibia ?, S Zaire ?)

Type locality: Caconda, Huila District, Angola.  
Reproductionovovivparous (Ovoovovivparous) 
TypesHolotype: lost, was MB (Museu Bocage) (probably lost in fire 1978) 
CommentThe status of the poorly-known C. angolensis Bocage 1895 remains problematic. Broadley (1971) considered it a synonym of C. tropidosternum. Loveridge (1944) noted that Bocage’s type description of C. angolensis lacked detail, and the types have subsequently been destroyed. However, the colouration and various features of scalation in C. angolensis, i.e., 27-28 transverse rows of dorsals and 14 longitudinal rows of ventrals, are unusual in C. meculae. Given the large geographic distance between the two taxa they are unlikely to be conspecific, but this can only be resolved with the collection of additional material [from BRANCH et al. 2005]. 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in Angola. 
  • Adolphs, K. 2006. Bibliotheca Cordyliformium. Squamata Verlag, Sankt Augustin, 303 pp.
  • Bocage,J.V. du B. 1895. Herpétologie d'Angola et du Congo. Lisbon: Imprimerie Nationale, i-xx, 203 pp.
  • BRANCH, WILLIAM R.; MARK-OLIVER RÖDEL AND JOHAN MARAIS 2005. A new species of rupicolous Cordylus Laurenti 1768 (Sauria: Cordylidae) from Northern Mozambique. African Journal of Herpetology 54 (2): 131-138. - get paper here
  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - get paper here
  • Loveridge,A. 1944. Revision of the African lizards of the family Cordylidae. Bull. Mus. comp. Zool. Harvard 95 (1): 1-118 - get paper here
  • Marques, Mariana P.; Luis M. P. Ceríaco , David C. Blackburn , and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. Diversity and Distribution of the Amphibians and Terrestrial Reptiles of Angola -- Atlas of Historical and Bibliographic Records (1840–2017). Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 4) 65: 1-501 (Supplement II)
  • MARQUES, MARIANA P.; LUIS M. P. CERÍACO, EDWARD L. STANLEY, SUZANA A. BANDEIRA, ISHAN AGARWAL, AARON M. BAUER 2019. A new species of Girdled Lizard (Squamata: Cordylidae) from the Serra da Neve Inselberg, Namibe Province, southwestern Angola. Zootaxa 4668 (4): 503–524 - get paper here
  • Reissig, J. 2014. Girdled Lizards and Their Relatives. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, ISBN-10: 3899734378
  • 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
  • Visser, John D. 1971. Cordylus cordylus and its races in the Cape Province - A general discussion. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa 7: 18-20. - get paper here
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