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Cordylus niger CUVIER, 1829

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Higher TaxaCordylidae (Cordylinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Black Girdled Lizard
G: Schwarzer Gürtelschweif 
SynonymCordylus niger CUVIER 1829
Calyptoprymnus verecundus DE VIS 1905: 46 (fide MOODY 1977)
Zonurus cordylus niger — ROSE 1926
Zonurus cordylus atrus POWER 1930
Cordylus cordylus niger — LOVERIDGE 1944
Cordylus niger — BRODY, MOUTON & GRANT 1993
Cordylus niger — FROST et al. 2001
Cordylus niger — STANLEY et al. 2011
Cordylus niger — REISSIG 2014 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Cape Peninsula and Saldanha Bay, Cape Province)

Type locality: “Africa”.  
TypesSyntypes: MNHN-RA 2795 and MNHN-RA 2795A 
EtymologyNamed after its melanistic color, from Latin niger, nigra, nigrum = black. 
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  • de Vis, Charles Walter de 1905. A new genus of lizard. On Typhlops torresianus. Ann. Queensland Museum (Brisbane) 6: 48 - get paper here
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  • Heerden, A. J. van; Mouton, P. le Fras N. & Wyk, Johannes H. van 1992. Description of a Contact Zone Between Cordylus cordylus and Cordylus niger. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa (Proceedings of the Second H.A.A. Conference, Editors: Branch, William R.; Haagner, Gerald V. & Boycott, Richard C.) (Humewood), 40: 26. - get paper here
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