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Nucras lalandii (MILNE-EDWARDS, 1829)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Subspecies 
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  
Reproductionoviparous 
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. 
References
  • 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 - get paper here
  • 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; Brain Reeves, Sandile Mdoko, Lwandiso Pamla, Oyama Gxabhu 2020. Herpetological survey of the Ongeluksnek (Malekgalonyane) Nature Reserve on the foothills of the Drakensberg, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Herpetology Notes 13: 717-730 - get paper here
  • 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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