Cordylus niger

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Black girdled lizard)
Jump to: navigation, search
Black girdled lizard
Cordylus niger - Black Girdled Lizard with millipede on its nose.JPG
A black girdled lizard on Table Mountain (with a millipede on its nose)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Cordylidae
Genus: Cordylus
Species: C. niger
Binomial name
Cordylus niger
Smith, 1844

Cordylus niger, the black girdled lizard, is a medium-sized lizard restricted to Table Mountain on the Cape Peninsula and a second, isolated population near Langebaan.

Black girdled lizards inhabit rocky outcrops on Table Mountain, South Africa. Unlike many other lizard species in the area, these particular Cordylus lizards are not social and are usually seen alone. They are spiny, flat, and pitch black in colour.

Their colour helps these unique lizards to absorb sufficient heat from the sun, in what is one of the darkest, least sunny parts of South Africa. [1]



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Branch, B., 1998. Field Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa: Ralph Curtis Books Publishing, Sanibel Island, Florida, 399 p.
  • Fitzsimons, V. F., 1943. The Lizards of South Africa: Transvaal Museum Memoir, Pretoria.