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Platysaurus imperator BROADLEY, 1962

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Higher TaxaCordylidae (Platysaurinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Imperial Flat Lizard, Emperor Flat Lizard 
SynonymPlatysaurus imperator BROADLEY 1962
Platysaurus imperator — BROADLEY 1978
Platysaurus imperator — SCOTT et al. 2004
Platysaurus imperator — STANLEY et al. 2011
Platysaurus imperator — LIVIGNI 2013: 286 
DistributionNE Zimbabwe, Mozambique

Type locality: Matowa, 60 km NE of Mtoko, Rhodesia.  
TypesHolotype: NMZB (given as NMSR/M) 4819, an adult male; paratype: NMW 
  • Blackburn, D.G. 1993. STANDARDIZED CRITERIA FOR THE RECOGNITION OF REPRODUCTIVE MODES IN SQUAMATE REPTILES. Herpetologica 49 (1): 118-132 - get paper here
  • Broadley, D. G. 1978. A revision of the Genus Platysaurus A. Smith. Occ. Papers Nat. Museum south. Rhodesia, B, 6 (4): 129-185
  • Broadley, D.G. 1962. On some reptile collections from the North-Western and North-Eastern Districts of Southern Rhodesia 1958-1961, with descriptions of four new lizards. Occ. Pap. Nat. Mus. South. Rhodesia 26 (B): 787-843
  • Gemel, R.; G. Gassner & S. Schweiger 2019. Katalog der Typen der Herpetologischen Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien – 2018. Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, B 121: 33–248
  • LiVigni, F. (ed.) 2013. A Life for Reptiles and Amphibians, Volume 1. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 495 pp. - get paper here
  • Schneider, Christian. 2013. Platysaurus imperator Broadley, 1962 Emperor Flat Lizard. Tail regeneration. African Herp News (60): 21-22 - get paper here
  • Scott, Ian A.W.; J. Scott Keogh and Martin J. Whiting 2004. Shifting sands and shifty lizards: molecular phylogeny and biogeography of African flat lizards (Platysaurus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 31: 618–629 - get paper here
  • 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
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