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Pseudocordylus subviridis (SMITH, 1838)

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Higher TaxaCordylidae (Cordylinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Drakensberg Crag Lizard
G: Drakensberg-Gürtelschweif 
SynonymCordylus (Pseudocordylus) sub-viridis SMITH 1838
Pseudocordylus subviridis — HEWITT 1927
Pseudocordylus microlepidotus subviridis — FITZSIMONS 1937
Pseudocordylus subviridis subviridis — FITZSIMONS 1943
Pseudocordylus melanotus subviridis — VISSER 1984
Pseudocordylus subviridis — STANLEY et al. 2011
Pseudocordylus melanotus subviridis — BATES et al. 2014: 202
Pseudocordylus melanotus subviridis — RILEY et al. 2021 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (from Amatola Mountains to Transvaal Drakensberg, extending on to OFS highveld), Lesotho  
CommentSubspecies: Stanley et al. (2011) found that P. m. melanotus and P. transvaalensis were closely related and form a sister clade of P. m. subviridis, hence they suggested to treat the latter as a full species. However, However, Bates in Bates et al. 2014 argued that Stanley’s only P. m. melanotus sample was from the same geographical area as P. m. melanotus-like populations that Bates (2007) considered representative of an undescribed species. Bates (2007) also found considerable diversity within P. m. subviridis. 
  • BATES, M.F. 2007. An Analysis of the Pseudocordylus melanotus Complex (Sauria: Cordylidae). Ph.D. thesis, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch
  • 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.
  • Conradie, Werner; Brain Reeves, Sandile Mdoko, Lwandiso Pamla, Oyama Gxabhu 2020. Herpetological survey of the Ongeluksnek (Malekgalonyane) Nature Reserve on the foothills of the Drakensberg, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Herpetology Notes 13: 717-730 - get paper here
  • Cozien, R. J., T. van der Niet, S. D. Johnson, and S.-L. Steenhuisen. 2019. Saurian surprise: lizards pollinate South Africa’s enigmatic hidden flower. Ecology 00(00):e02670. 10.1002/ecy.2670 - get paper here
  • FitzSimons, V.F. 1943. The lizards of South Africa. Transvaal Museum Memoir No.1 (Pretoria), 528 pp.
  • Fitzsimons, Vivian Frederick Maynard 1937. Notes on the reptiles and amphibians collected and described from South Africa by Andrew Smith. Annals Transvaal Museum 17: 259-274. - get paper here
  • Hewitt, J. 1927. Further descriptions of reptiles and batrachians from South Africa. Rec. Albany Mus. (Grahamstown) 3 (5): 371-415
  • 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
  • VISSER, J. 1984. Tierboskat-geitjes kies klipperige woonplek. Akkedisse van Suider-Afrika 7. Landbouweek- blad, 27 April 1984:48–49, 51, 53
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