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Karusasaurus jordani (PARKER, 1936)

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Higher TaxaCordylidae (Cordylinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Jordan’s Girdled Lizard, Namibian Girdled Lizard 
SynonymZonurus jordani PARKER 1936: 133
Cordylus jordani — FITZSIMONS 1943
Cordylus polyzonus jordani — LOVERIDGE 1944
Cordylus jordani — BRANCH 1988
Cordylus jordani — FROST et al. 2001
Karusasaurus jordani — STANLEY et al. 2011
Karusasaurus jordani — REISSIG 2014 
DistributionC Namibia

Type locality: Hoffnung, near Windhoek [Namibia].  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.7.92 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of the types, Dr. K. Jordan (1861-1959), a German-British entomologist. See Johnson 2012 for biographical details. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Frost, D.; Janies, D.; Le Fras N. Mouton, P. & Titus, T. 2003. A molecular perspective on the phylogeny of the Girdled Lizards (Cordylidae, Squamata). American Museum Novitates (3310): 1-10 - get paper here
  • Heaton, J S & Deboer, J C 2018. Karusasaurus jordani (Northern Karusa Lizard) Reproduction. Herpetological Review 49 (2): 330-331 - get paper here
  • Heaton, J S & Deboer, J C 2018. Karusasaurus jordani (Northern Karusa Lizard) Scale counts. Herpetological Review 49 (2): 329-330 - get paper here
  • Heaton, J S; Nakanwa, J & Deboer, J C 2018. Karusasaurus jordani (Northern Karusa Lizard) Diet. Herpetological Review 49 (2): 329 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Johnson, K. 2012. Ordering Life -- Karl Jordan and the naturalist tradition. Johns Hopkins University Press, 376 pp.
  • Parker, H.W. 1936. Dr. Karl Jordan's expedition to South-West Africa and Angola: herpetological collections. Novitates Zoologicae 40: 115-146 - get paper here
  • Reissig, J. 2014. Girdled Lizards and Their Relatives. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, ISBN-10: 3899734378
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2015. Reptilien Namibias. Namibia Scientific  Society, 276 pp.
  • 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
  • Switak, Karl H. 1995. Girdle-tailed lizards of the genus Cordylus. Reptiles 3 (6): 8-24
  • Switak, Karl H. 1995. Die Gürtelschweife der Gattung Cordylus (2). TI-Magazin, Nr. 122 (März 1995), 39-42.v
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