Hemicordylus nebulosus (MOUTON & VAN WYK, 1995)
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|Higher Taxa||Cordylidae (Cordylinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Dwarf Cliff Lizard, Dwarf Crag Lizard, cloudy or dark crag lizard|
|Synonym||Pseudocordylus nebulosus MOUTON & VAN WYK 1995|
Cordylus nebulosus — FROST et al. 2001
Pseudocordylus nebulosus — RENSBURG et al. 2009
Hemicordylus nebulosus — STANLEY et al. 2011
|Distribution||Republic of South Africa (Western Cape Province)|
Type locality: Northern slope of Landdroskop, Hottentots-Holland Mountains, South Africa.
|Types||Holotype: SAM 50905, adult male. Allotype: SAM 50906, adult female. Paratypes: SAM 50907, adult male; SAM 50908, adult female. All specimens collected on 10 June 1993.|
|Comment||Nomenclature: This name is preoccupied in Cordylus by C. nebulosus A. Smith 1838, a synonym of C. cataphractus, but as the latter appears to be the sister species of all other Cordylus (Frost et. al. 2001), it required to be placed in a new monotypic genus, so that a new name will not be required (Mouton, pers. comm., STANLEY et al. 2011).|
Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||The designated name, Pseudocordylus nebulosus, which literally means the cloudy or dark crag lizard, refers to its occurrence within the mist belt of the Hottentots-Holland Mountains, as well as its melanistic body colour.|
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