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Smaug vandami (FITZSIMONS, 1930)

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Higher TaxaCordylidae (Cordylinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Van Dam’s Girdled Lizard 
SynonymZonurus vandami FITZSIMONS 1930: 25
Zonurus vandami perkoensis FITZSIMONS 1930: 27
Cordylus vandami vandami — FITZSIMONS 1943
Cordylus warreni perkoensis — LOVERIDGE 1944
Cordylus warreni vandami — LOVERIDGE 1944
Cordylus vandami — BRANCH 1998
Smaug vandami — STANLEY et al. 2011
Smaug vandami — REISSIG 2014 
DistributionRepubic of South Africa (North Province)

Type locality: Gravelotte, near Leydsdorp, Eastern Transvaal

perkoensis: Type locality: on farm “Perkoe”, near the Olifants River, Eastern Transvaal.  
TypesHolotype: DNMNH (= TM) 7407
Holotype: DNMNH (= TM) 12804, adult female [perkoensis] 
CommentSee also S. warreni.

Synonymy partly after JACOBSEN (unpubl. thesis, 1989) and E. Stanley (pers. comm., 31 Oct 2011). 
Etymologynamed after the collector of the types, G.P.F. van Dam, Esq. 
  • 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.
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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, V. F. 1930. Descriptions of new South African Reptilia and Batrachia, with distribution records of allied species in the Transvaal Museum collection. Annals Transvaal Mus. 14: 20-48. - get paper here
  • FitzSimons, V.F. 1943. The lizards of South Africa. Transvaal Museum Memoir No.1 (Pretoria), 528 pp.
  • Harport, V. 2019. Familienurlaub mal anders – Südafrikas Norden. Reptilia (Münster) 24 (135): 70-79 - get paper here
  • Loveridge,A. 1944. Revision of the African lizards of the family Cordylidae. Bull. Mus. comp. Zool. Harvard 95 (1): 1-118 - get paper here
  • 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, E. L. and Bates, M. F. 2014. Here be dragons: a phylogenetic and biogeographical study of the Smaug warreni species complex (Squamata: Cordylidae) in southern Africa. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 172 (4): 892–909; doi: 10.1111/zoj.12187 - 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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