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Gerrhosaurus skoogi ANDERSSON, 1916

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Higher TaxaGerrhosauridae (Gerrhosaurinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Desert Plated Lizard 
SynonymGerrhosaurus skoogi ANDERSSON 1916
Gerrhosaurus validus skoogi — LOVERIDGE 1942
Angolosaurus skoogi — FITZSIMONS 1953
Angolosaurus skoogi — BRANCH 1993: 85
Gerrhosaurus skoogi — LAMB et al. 2003
Gerrhosaurus skoogi — LAMB & BAUER 2013
Gerrhosaurus skoogi — BATES et al. 2013 
DistributionSW Angola, Namibia

Type locality: Port Alexander, Portuguese West Africa (=Tombua, Namibe Province, Angola)  
TypesHolotype: GNM (Göteborg Museum), fide Griffin 2003. 
CommentSynonymy: Molecular analyses consistently place Angolosaurus within Gerrhosaurus, rendering the latter genus paraphyletic (Lamb et al. 2003). As a consequence, Angolosaurus has to be synonymized with Gerrhosaurus.

Type species: Gerrhosaurus skoogi ANDERSSON 1916 is the type species of the genus Angolosaurus FITZSIMONS 1953, which is currently considered as a synonym of Gerrhosaurus. 
Etymologynamed after the collector of the type, H. Skoog. 
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  • Barts, M. 2008. Schildechsen: Gattungen und Arten im Überblick. Reptilia (Münster) 13 (69): 18-25 - get paper here
  • BATES, MICHAEL F.; KRYSTAL A. TOLLEY, SHELLEY EDWARDS, ZOË DAVIDS, JESSICA M. DA SILVA, & WILLIAM R. BRANCH 2013. A molecular phylogeny of the African plated lizards, genus Gerrhosaurus Wiegmann, 1828 (Squamata: Gerrhosauridae), with the description of two new genera. Zootaxa 3750 (5): 465–493 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • Fitzsimons,V.F.M. 1953. A new genus of gerrhosaurid from Southern Angola. Annals Transvaal Mus. 22 (2): 215-217 - get paper here
  • GRIFFIN, M. 2003. Annotated Checklist and Provisional National Conservation Status of Namibian Reptiles. Namibia Scientific Society, Windhoek. [2] + 169 pp.
  • 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
  • Lamb, T.; Meeker, A.M.; Bauer, A.M. & Branch, W.R. 2003. On the systematic status of the desert plated lizard (Angolosaurus skoogi): phylogenetic inference from DNA sequence analysis of the African Gerrhosauridae. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 78 (2): 253 - get paper here
  • Lamb, Trip and Aaron M. Bauer 2013. To be or not to be Angolosaurus: a multilocus perspective on the phylogenetic position of Africa's desert plated lizard (Gerrhosauridae). Zoologica Scripta 42 (4): 381-388 - 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)
  • Mitchell, D.; Seely, M. K.; Roberts, C. S.; Pietruszka, R. D.; McClain, E.; Griffin, Mike G. & Yeaton, R. I. 1987. On the biology of the lizard Angolosaurus skoogi in the Namib Desert. Madoqua (Windhoek) 15 (3): 201-216.
  • Nance, Holly A. 2007. Cranial osteology of the African gerrhosaurid Angolosaurus skoogi (Squamata; Gerrhosauridae). African Journal of Herpetology 56(1): 39-75 - get paper here
  • Pietruszka, R. D. 1987. Angolosaurus skoogi: denizen of the northern dunes. Namib Bulletin, 7: 9-10.
  • Pietruszka, R. D. 1988. Observations on sexual dimorphism and social structure in the lizard Angolosaurus skoogi (Cordylidae) of the northern Namib Desert dunes. South African J Zoology 23 (1): 47-51. - get paper here
  • Robinson, M.D.; C.W. Barrows 2013. Namibian and North American sand-diving lizards. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 116–125 - get paper here
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2015. Reptilien Namibias. Namibia Scientific  Society, 276 pp.
  • Steyn, William J. 1963. Angolocaurus [sic!] skoogi (Andersson) - A new record from South West Africa. Cimbebasia 6: 8-11
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