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Cordylus rhodesianus (HEWITT, 1933)

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Higher TaxaCordylidae (Cordylinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Zimbabwean Girdled Lizard
G: Zimbabwe-Gürtelschweif 
SynonymZonurus cordylus rhodesianus HEWITT 1933: 48
Cordylus cordylus rhodesianus — FITZSIMONS 1943
Cordylus rhodesianus — BROADLEY 1971
Cordylus rhodesianus — BROADLEY & BRANCH 2002
Cordylus rhodesianus — STANLEY et al. 2011
Cordylus rhodesianus — BATES 2018 
DistributionZimbabwe (eastern highlands), CW Mozambique

Type locality: Monte Cassino Mission, Macheke [Zimbabwe].  
TypesSyntypes: PEM R5294–6 (formerly AMG 6583) 
CommentDistribution: see map in GREENBAUM et al. 2012 and BROADLEY & MOUTON 2000. 
EtymologyNamed after its occurence in (Southern) Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. 
  • Bates, Michael F. 2018. Catalogue of reptiles from Mozambique in the collection of the National Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa. Indago 34 (2): 135–147
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hewitt, J. 1933. Descriptions of some new reptiles and a frog from Rhodesia. Occ. Pap. Rhodesian Mus 2: 45-50
  • 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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