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Smaug mossambicus (FITZSIMONS, 1958)

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Higher TaxaCordylidae (Cordylinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Gorongosa Girdled Lizard 
SynonymCordylus warreni mossambicus FITZSIMONS 1958
Cordylus mossambicus — BRANCH 1998
Cordylus mossambicus — BERGHOF 2007
Smaug mossambicus — STANLEY et al. 2011
Smaug mossambicus — REISSIG 2014 
DistributionZimbabwe, Mozambique

Type locality: “Gorongoza Mountain, near Vila Paiva, Mocambique”  
TypesHolotype: NMSA No. 1237 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • BERGHOF, H.-P.: 2011. Bemerkungen zur Geschlechtsreife von Cordyliden am Beispiel von Ouroborus cataphractus, Smaug mossambicus und Smaug warreni depressus. Sauria 33 (4): 41-46 - get paper here
  • Berghof, H.P. 2007. Cordylus mossambicus FITZSIMONS 1958 - Ein ausdauernder und interessanter Pflegling. Reptilia (Münster) 12 (65): 32-39 - 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.
  • FitzSimons, VIVIAN 1958. A new Cordylus from Gorongoza, Mocambique. Ann. Natal Mus. (Pietermaritzburg) 14 (2): 351-353
  • Mouton, le Fras; Alexander Flemming; Michael Bates and Chris Broeckhoven 2018. The relationship between generation gland morphology and armour in Dragon Lizards (Smaug): a reassessment of ancestral states for the Cordylidae. Amphibia-Reptilia 39 (4): 445–456 - 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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