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Nucras lalandii (MILNE-EDWARDS, 1829)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Delalande's Sandveld Lizard, Laland's Lizard, Delalande's Spotted Lizard 
SynonymLacerta lalandii MILNE-EDWARDS 1829
Eremias (Nucras) lalandii — GRAY 1838
Lacerta Delalandii — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 241
Bettaia delalandii — BEDRIAGA 1886
Nucras delalandii — BOULENGER 1887: 53
Nucras delalandii — FITZSIMONS 1943: 312 (not of MILNE-EDWARDS; fide BOYCOTT 1992)
Nucras lalandii — BOYCOTT 1992
Nucras lalandii — EDWARDS et al. 2013
Nucras lalandii — BAPTISTA et al. 2020 
DistributionSouthern and SE South Africa, Swaziland

Type locality: Cape of Good Hope  
TypesSyntypes: MNHN-RA 0259, MNHN-RA 0264 and MNHN-RA 2745 (composed of MNHN-RA 2745 and MNHN-RA 2745A) - total 4 syntypes 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus): Head shields' normal; nostril pierced between 2 or 3 nasals and
well separated from upper labials. Lower eyelid scaly, opaque. Collar well marked.Dorsal scales small, smooth, juxtaposed. Ventral plates smooth, feebly imbricate: Digits more or less cylindrical, not serrated laterally; subdigital lamellae smooth. Femoral pores present, Tall long and cylindrical. Terrestrial (Fitzsimons 1943: 311). 
CommentSynonymy: mostly after FITZSIMONS 1943

Type species: Lacerta lalandii MILNE-EDWARDS 1829 is the type species of the genus Nucras GRAY 1838.

See Baptista et al. 2020 for morphometric, meristic, coloration and habitat data. 
  • Baptista, Ninda L; Krystal A Tolley , Marc Bluhm , Manfred Finckh & William R Branch 2020. Rediscovery, range extension, habitat and phylogenetic relation of the endemic Scaled Sandveld Lizard Nucras scalaris Laurent, 1964 (Sauria: Lacertidae) in the central Angolan plateau. African Journal of Herpetology, DOI: 10.1080/21564574.2020.1778108
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Boycott, R. 1990. Life History Note: Nucras lalandii: Reproduction. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (37): 49-49 - get paper here
  • Boycott, R. 1990. Geographical Distribution - Nucras lalandii. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (37): 57-57 - get paper here
  • Boycott, R.C. 1992. An Annotated Checklist of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Swaziland. The Conservation Trust of Swaziland - get paper here
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • Conradie, Werner; Brian Reeves , Neil Brown, & Jan A. Venter 2016. Herpetofauna of the Oviston, Commando Drift and Tsolwana nature reserves in the arid interior of the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Indago 32: 81-98 - get paper here
  • Duméril, A. M. C. and G. Bibron. 1839. Erpétologie Générale on Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles. Vol. 5. Roret/Fain et Thunot, Paris, 871 pp. - get paper here
  • Edwards, Shelley; Krystal A. Tolley, Bieke Vanhooydonck, G. John Measey and Anthony Herrel 2013. Is dietary niche breadth linked to morphology and performance in Sandveld lizards Nucras (Sauria: Lacertidae)?. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, DOI: 10.1111/bij.12148 - get paper here
  • FitzSimons, V.F. 1943. The lizards of South Africa. Transvaal Museum Memoir No.1 (Pretoria), 528 pp.
  • MASTERSON, G.P.R, KOEN, D, DU TOIT, L, & HORN, N. 2010. Size-class distributions for four lizard species found in Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa. African Herp News (51): 4-6 - get paper here
  • Milne-edwards, M.H. 1829. Recherches zoologiques pour servir à l'histoire des lézards, extraites d'une monographie de ce genre. Ann. Sci. Nat. Paris 16: 50-89 - get paper here
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