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Pseudocordylus spinosus FITZSIMONS, 1947

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Higher TaxaCordylidae (Cordylinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Spiny Crag Lizard 
SynonymPseudocordylus spinosus FITZSIMONS 1947: 116
Pseudocordylus spinosus — BROADLEY 1964
Cordylus spinosus — CITES 2002
Pseudocordylus spinosus — STANLEY et al. 2011
Pseudocordylus spinosus — REISSIG 2014 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Lower slopes of Drakensberg, from Giant's Castle in Natal to Golden Gate in OFS)

Type locality: Cathkin Peak area, Drakensberg [KwaZulu-Natal], South Africa.  
TypesHolotype: DNMNH (= TM) 21267, a subadult to adult male 
CommentPlaced in the genus Cordylus by the CITES nomenclature committee 2002. 
  • 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.
  • Branch, William R. 1988. Spiny Crag Lizard, Stekelrige kransakkedis (Pseudocordylus spinosus): Species account. In: Branch, William R. (Hrsg.): South African Red Data Book - Reptiles and Amphibians. - South African National Scientific Programmes (Pretoria), Report No. 151; S. 165-166.
  • Broadley, D. G. 1964. A review of the crag lizards (Genus Pseudocordylus) of Natal. Annals of the Natal Museum 16: 99-110
  • Fitzsimons,V.F.M. 1947. Descriptions of new species and subspecies of reptiles and amphibians from Natal, together with notes on some other little known species. Ann. Natal Mus. (Pietermaritzburg) 11 (1): 111-137
  • 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
  • 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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