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Cordylus aridus MOUTON & VAN WYK, 1994

IUCN Red List - Cordylus aridus - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaCordylidae (Cordylinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Eastern Dwarf Girdled Lizard, Dwarf Karoo Girdled Lizard
G: Östlicher Zwerggürtelschweif 
SynonymCordylus aridus MOUTON & VAN WYK 1994
Cordylus aridus — ADOLPHS 2006
Cordylus aridus — STANLEY et al. 2011
Cordylus aridus — BATES et al. 2014: 186 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Western Cape Province)

Type locality: Farm Botterkraal, Prince Albert District, Western Cape Province, South Africa, 33° 25' 22" S, 22° 05' 21" E.  
TypesHolotype: SAM 50901, adult female. Allotype: SAM 50902, adult male. Paratypes: SAM 50903, adult female and SAM 50904, adult male. 
EtymologyNamed after the arid environment in which this species lives. 
  • Adolphs, K. 2006. Bibliotheca Cordyliformium. Squamata Verlag, Sankt Augustin, 303 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.
  • Mouton, P. Le F.N. & J.H. Van Wyk 1994. Taxonomic status of geographical isolates in the Cordylus minor complex (Reptilia: Cordylidae): A description of three new species. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa 43: 6-18. - get paper here
  • MOUTON, P. LE FRAS N.; DAHNÉ A. JANSE VAN RENSBURG and JOHANNES H. VAN WYK 2010. Epidermal glands in cordylid lizards, with special reference to generation glands. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 158: 312–324. - 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
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