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Pseudocordylus melanotus (SMITH, 1838)

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Higher TaxaCordylidae (Cordylinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Common Crag Lizard, Highveld Crag Lizard 
SynonymCordylus (Pseudocordylus) melanotus SMITH 1838
Pseudocordylus microlepidotus melanotus LOVERIDGE 1944
Pseudocordylus melanotus melanotus — DE WAAL 1978
Pseudocordylus melanotus melanotus — VISSER 1984
Cordylus melanotus — FROST et al. 2001
Pseudocordylus melanotus — STANLEY et al. 2011
Pseudocordylus melanotus melanotus — BATES et al. 2014: 202 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Free State, Gauteng and Mpumalanga Provinces)).

Type locality: South Africa [= hills between the main branches of the Orange River east of Philippolis, Orange Free State, restricted to Ficksburg District by De Waal (1978)].  
CommentSubspecies: Pseudocordylus melanotus subviridis is considered as a valid species by some authors, but treated as a subspecies by others. See P. subviridis. 
EtymologyNamed after its relatively dark color. 
  • BATES, M.F., & WHITTINGTON-JONES, C. 2009. Pseudocordylus m. melanotus (A. Smith, 1848). African Herp News (48): 23-25 - 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.C. 1992. An Annotated Checklist of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Swaziland. The Conservation Trust of Swaziland - get paper here
  • Branch, W. R. 1998. Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. 3rd ed. Fully Revised and Updated to Include 83 New Species. Ralph Curtis Books (Sanibel Island, Florida), 399 pp.
  • Broadley, D. G. 1964. A review of the crag lizards (Genus Pseudocordylus) of Natal. Annals of the Natal Museum 16: 99-110
  • Cooper Jr., W.E. 2005. Duration of movement as a lizard foraging movement variable. Herpetologica 61 (4): 363-372 - get paper here
  • Flemming, A.F. 1992. The Reproductive Cycle of the Viviparous Lizard Pseudocordylus melanotus melanotus in the Orange Free State. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (40): 67-69 - get paper here
  • Langerwerf, B. 1996. Notes on the Natural History, Husbandry, and Breeding of Drakensberg Crag Lizards (Pseudocordylus melanotus subviridis). In: Strimple, P. D. (Hrsg): Advances in Herpetoculture. Spec. Publ. Intern. Herp. Symp., No. 1: 75-79
  • Langerwerf, B. 2005. Haltung und Nachzucht des Drakensberg-Gürtelschweifes (Cordylus melanotus subviridis). Reptilia (Münster) 10 (51): 66-69 - get paper here
  • McConnachie, Suzanne 2014. The effects of temperature on oxygen consumption in the lizard Pseudocordylus melanotus from Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve. African Journal of Herpetology 63: 57-69 - get paper here
  • McConnachie, Suzanne; Graham J. Alexander, and Martin J. Whiting 2010. SELECTED BODY TEMPERATURE AND THERMOREGULATORY BEHAVIOR IN THE SIT-AND-WAIT FORAGING LIZARD PSEUDOCORDYLUS MELANOTUS MELANOTUS. Herpetological Monographs 23 (1): 108-122 [2009] - get paper here
  • Mouton, P. le Fras N. & Wyk, Johannes H. van 1993. Reptile fauna of the Katse Dam catchment area and a biogeographical assessment of species composition in the Lesotho Highlands. Koedoe (Pretoria), 36 (1): 67-78. - get paper here
  • Mouton, P. le Fras N. & Wyk, Johannes H. van 1993. Sexual dimorphism in cordylid lizards: a case study of the Drakensberg crag lizard, Pseudocordylus melanotus. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 71 (9): 1715-1723. - get paper here
  • MOUTON, P. LE FRAS N.; DAHNÉ A. JANSE VAN RENSBURG and JOHANNES H. VAN WYK 2010. Epidermal glands in cordylid lizards, with special reference to generation glands. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 158: 312–324. - get paper here
  • Reissig, J. 2014. Girdled Lizards and Their Relatives. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, ISBN-10: 3899734378
  • Riley, J. L., Baxter‐Gilbert, J. H., & Whiting, M. J. 2021. Social and spatial patterns of two Afromontane crag lizards (Pseudocordylus spp.) in the Maloti‐Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa. Austral Ecology - get paper here
  • Smith, A. 1838. Contributions to South African zoology. Art. VI. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (1) 2: 30-33 - 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
  • Waal, S. W. P. de 1978. The Squamata (Reptilia) of the Orange Free State, South Africa. Memoirs van die Nasionale Museum (Bloemfontein), 11: iii + 160 S.
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