Cordylus nyikae

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Nyika girdled lizard
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Cordylidae
Genus: Cordylus
Species: C. nyikae
Binomial name
Cordylus nyikae
Broadley & Mouton, 2000

An isolated population of the Rhodesian girdled lizard (Cordylus rhodesianus) from granite outcrops in montane grassland of northern Malawi was recently redescribed as Cordylus nyikae. Unlike the Rhodesian girdled lizard, the head shields of this species are very rugose, the nostrils are pierced in the lower posterior corner of the nasal scales, and the dorsals do not have a serrated posterior margin. The dorsal coloration is dark brown to gray-brown with lighter spots. The tail and upper lips are light brown. The belly is buff. Its common name is Nyika girdled lizard.[1]


  1. ^ Cordylus nyikae, he Reptile Database

Branch, B. (1998). Field Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern. Africa: Ralph Curtis Books Publishing, Sanibel Island, Florida, 399 p.

Broadley, D. G. and Branch, W. R. (2002). A review of the small east African Cordylus (Sauria: Cordylidae), with the description of a new species. African Journal of Herpetology 51(1): 9-34.

Broadley, D. G. and Mouton, P. F. N. (2000). A new species of rupicolous Cordylus laurenti from Malawi (Sauria: Cordylidae). African Journal of Herpetology 49(2): 169-172.

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