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Platysaurus pungweensis BROADLEY, 1959

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Higher TaxaCordylidae (Platysaurinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesPlatysaurus pungweensis pungweensis BROADLEY 1959
Platysaurus pungweensis blakei BROADLEY 1964 
Common NamesE: Pungwe Flat Lizard 
SynonymPlatysaurus pungweensis pungweensis BROADLEY 1959
Platysaurus guttatus pungweensis BROADLEY 1959
Platysaurus pungweensis pungweensis — BROADLEY 1978
Platysaurus pungweensis pungweensis — ADOLPHS 2006
Platysaurus pungweensis pungweensis — STANLEY et al. 2011

Platysaurus pungweensis blakei BROADLEY 1964
Platysaurus intermedius blakei BROADLEY 1964
Platysaurus guttatus blakei WERMUTH 1968
Platysaurus pungweensis blakei — BROADLEY 1978
Platysaurus pungweensis blakei — ADOLPHS 2006
Platysaurus pungweensis blakei — STANLEY et al. 2011 
DistributionE Zimbabwe, adjacent Mozambique

Type locality: Pungwe River, 730 m elevation, Rhodesia  
TypesHolotype: NMZB (also as NMSR) 1975 (Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo)
Holotype. NMZB (formerly UM = Umtali Museum) 3571, an adult male. Collected by D. G. Broadley and D. K. Blake, 25th November, 1962. [blakei] 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS. This new race forms a connecting link between torquatus of Tete and typical guttatus of the Transvaal, with which it agrees in size. The holotype of pungweensis, the largest of the series, is only 87 mm. in length from snout to vent; adult rhodesianus are over 100 mm. in head and body length, reaching a maximum of 122mm. The maximum head and body length of torquatus is only 72 mm. The type locality ofpungweensis lies about 150 miles south of Tete (type locality of torquatus) and about 50 miles north of Vumba Mountain (type locality of rhodesianus). The new form differs from all other races in its fewer ventrals in 14-16 (compared with 16-26) longitudinal rows. Males show no trace of the three light stripes on the head which are usually discernible in the other races. In the females and juveniles the light vertebral stripe is reduced to a series of scattered dots or terminates on the nape (three stripes present in the other races). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Adolphs, K. 2006. Bibliotheca Cordyliformium. Squamata Verlag, Sankt Augustin, 303 pp.
  • 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. 1959. Sauria, Cordylidae: Platysaurus guttatus pungweensis n. subsp. Occ. Pap. Nat. Mus. South. Rhodesia 23 (B): 314-315
  • 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
  • Broadley, D.G. 1964. A new Platysaurus from central Mozambique. Arnoldia (Rhodesia) 1 (5): 1-2
  • 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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