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Platysaurus relictus BROADLEY, 1976

IUCN Red List - Platysaurus relictus - Least Concern, LR

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Higher TaxaCordylidae (Platysaurinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Soutpansberg Flat Lizard, Transvaal Flat Lizard 
SynonymPlatysaurus relictus BROADLEY 1976
Platysaurus relictus — BROADLEY 1978
Platysaurus relictus — ADOLPHS 2006
Platysaurus relictus — STANLEY et al. 2011 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (N Transvaal)

Type locality: Waterpoort, Soutpansberg District, northern Transvaal, South Africa.  
TypesHolotype: DNMNH (= TM) 39637 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Broadley 1976: 2. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet relictus (= left behind) is applied to this taxon because it seems to represent a small surviving population of a primitive form. 
  • Adolphs, K. 2006. Bibliotheca Cordyliformium. Squamata Verlag, Sankt Augustin, 303 pp.
  • 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.
  • 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. 1976. Two new forms of Platysaurus from the northern Transvaal (Sauria: Cordylidae). Arnoldia (Rhodesia) 8 (8): 1-3
  • Jacobsen, N. H. G., Newbery, R. E. 1989. The genus Platysaurus A.SMITH 1844 in the Transvaal. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa 36: 51-63 - get paper here
  • Kirchhof, S., M. Krämer, J. Linden & K. Richter 2010. The reptile species assemblage of the Soutpansberg (Limpopo Province, South Africa) and its characteristics. Salamandra 46 (3): 147-166 - 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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