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Cordylus nyikae BROADLEY & MOUTON, 2000

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Higher TaxaCordylidae (Cordylinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Nyika Girdled Lizard
G: Nyika-Gürtelschweif 
SynonymCordylus nyikae BROADLEY & MOUTON 2000
Cordylus nyikae — STANLEY et al. 2011
Cordylus nyikae — REISSIG 2014 
DistributionN Malawi (known only from the Nyika Plateau and Misuku Hills)

Type locality: "near Chelinda Bridge, Nyika National Park, Malawi (10°35'S x
33°48'E), altitude ca. 2400m a. s. l."  
ReproductionOvoviviparous. 
TypesHolotype: NMZB, Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo (NMZB) 
Diagnosis 
CommentDistribution: see map in GREENBAUM et al. 2012. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality on the Nyika plateau in Malawi. 
References
  • Broadley, D. G. & W. R. Branch 2002. A review of the small east African Cordylus (Sauria: Cordylidae), with the description of a new species. African Journal of Herpetology 51 (1): 9-34 - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G & P. le Fras N. Mouton 2000. A new species of rupicolous Cordylus Laurenti from Malawi (Sauria: Cordylidae). African Journal of Herpetology 49 (2): 169-172. - get paper here
  • Conradie, Werner; Brain Reeves, Sandile Mdoko, Lwandiso Pamla, Oyama Gxabhu 2020. Herpetological survey of the Ongeluksnek (Malekgalonyane) Nature Reserve on the foothills of the Drakensberg, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Herpetology Notes 13: 717-730 - get paper here
  • Greenbaum, Eli; Edward L. Stanley, Chifundera Kusamba, Wandege M. Moninga, Stephen R. Goldberg & Charles R. Bursey 2012. A new species of Cordylus (Squamata: Cordylidae) from the Marungu Plateau of south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. African Journal of Herpetology 61 (1): 14-39 - 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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