Dwarf Karoo girdled lizard

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Dwarf Karoo girdled lizard[1]
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Cordylidae
Genus: Cordylus
Species: C. aridus
Binomial name
Cordylus aridus
Mouton and Van Wyk, 1994

The Dwarf Karoo girdled lizard (Cordylus aridus) is a species of lizard in the family Cordylidae. It is a small, spiny lizard found in South Africa.[3]


The dwarf Karoo girdled lizard is the smallest species in the Cordylidae family. The lizard's body is flat and shielded. Spines are on the tail. The head, body, and tail of the lizard are brown to black, while the belly is white.[3]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

This lizard lives in southern Karoo, South Africa,[3] particularly Prince Alfred District, Farm Botterkraal, and Western Cape Province.[1] It inhabits rocky outcrops.[3]


This is a shy lizard, so it hides in rock crevices.[3] It is ovoviviparous.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Cordylus aridus MOUTON & VAN WYK, 1994". The Reptile Database. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  2. ^ Adolphs, K. (2010). "Cordylus aridus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "CORDYLUS ARIDUS". tallbo.com. Retrieved 2008-01-27.