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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
Karusasaurus jordani — SCHLEICHER 2020 
DistributionC Namibia

Type locality: Hoffnung, near Windhoek [Namibia].  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.7.92 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: distinguished from polyzonus by having 4-7 femoral pores (polyzonus: 12-17), larger temporals, caudal whorls composed of a single row of scales (polyzonus: 2 rows, at least in the middle of the tail), posterior upper femoral scales much enlarged and strongly spinose (in polyzonus posterior upper femoral scales are scarcely larger or more spinose than the anterior); transverse dorsal scales in 32-37 series (vs. 38-46 in polyzonus) (after Parker 1936: 134). 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of the types, Dr. K. Jordan (1861-1959), a German-British entomologist. See Johnson 2012 for biographical details. 
  • BECKER, FRANCOIS S.; JONATHAN C. DEBOER, BERTHA BUISWALELO, JOHN IRISH & JILL S. HEATON. 2021. KARUSASAURUS JORDANI (Jordan’s Girdled Lizard). SIZE AT BIRTH. Herpetological Review 52 (2): 409–410. - 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
  • 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.
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2020. Reptiles of Namibia. Kuiseb Publishers, Windhoek, Namibia, 271 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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