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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Holub’s Sandveld Lizard 
SynonymEremias holubi STEINDACHNER 1882
Nucras intertexta holubi — BOULENGER 1920: 20
Nucras intertexta holubi FITZSIMONS 1943: 320 (not of STEINDACHNER, fide BOYCOTT 1992)
Nucras holubi — JACOBSEN 1989
Nucras taeniolata holubi — BAUER et al. 1995
Nucras holubi — CONRADIE et al. 2011
Nucras holubi — EDWARDS et al. 2013
Nucras holubi — TELFORD et al 2022 
DistributionSouthern Africa, excluding the south-western and western Cape Province, Little and Great Namaqualand.

Recorded localities: Palapye Rd.; Serowe; Leeuwdoornsstad; Nylstroom; Doornkop, nr. Belfast; Dientje, nr. Vaalhoek; Newington; Ingwavuma; Makumbi; Empandeni; Rusape; Filabusi-Shabani; Monte Cassino, TIL Macheke (A.M.). Marandellas (A.M. &. K.M.). Kimberley (A.M., K.M., S A M . & T.M.). Hluhluwe (A.M. & N.M.). Potchefstroom (A.M. & T.M.). Umsinene Drift; nt. Inyamanzi (B.M.). Delport's Hope; Riverton; Belmont; Mafeking; Modder River; Jacobsdal; Taungs; Honeynestkloof; 'Witput; Warrendale; Lobatsi; Umvoma;: Ottoshoop; Premier Mine; Francistown; Molepoiole; Plumtroe (K.M.). Bulawayo (K.M., R.M. & S.A.M.). Junction Umfolosi Rivs. (N.M.). Mariepskop (P.E.M. & T.M.). Outjo; Kaoko Otavi; Otjitondua; Burghersdorp; Smithfield; Machudi; Junction Marico & Crocodile Rivs.; Bindura (SAM.). Acornhoek; Barberton (SAM. & T.M.). Odendaalsrust; Pretoria; Rustenburg;' Krabbefontein; Shilowane;: Pietersburg; Leydsdorp; Haenertsburg; Hectorspruit; Metlepetsi River; Blaauwberg; Silwane; Gravelotte; Medingen.; Perkoe, Olifants,' Riv. Dist.; btwn. Lake Fundusi & Entabeni; Punda Maria; Uanetsi Riv., E. Tvl.; Weenen; ,Mt. Silinda; Birchenough Bridge (T.M.) [from FITZSIMONS 1943: 322].  
TypesLectotype: NMW 19056, designated by BROADLEY (1972); erroneously reported to be in the ZMB collection. 
CommentNucras taeniolata has been split into 3 species by Jacobsen (1989): Nucras taeniolata, N. holubi STEINDACHNER (1882) and N. ornata GRAY, J. E. (1864). 
Etymologynamed after the collector, E. Holub. 
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