Hemicordylus capensis

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False girdled lizard
Hemicordylus capensis, Hottentots-Holland Mountains - South Africa.jpg
In the Hottentots-Holland, South Africa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Cordylidae
Genus: Hemicordylus
Species: H. capensis
Binomial name
Hemicordylus capensis
(Smith 1838) Stanley at al, 2011
Synonyms
  • Cordylus capensis
  • Pseudocordylus capensis
  • Hemicordylus robertsi

The false girdled lizard (Hemicordylus capensis) is a lizard species endemic to the Cape Fold Belt of southern South Africa.

Description[edit]

The maximum snout-to-vent length is about 76 mm. Like its sister species Hemicordylus nebulosus, it has gracile features, with a phenotype described as intermediate between typical Cordylus and the larger, more robust Pseudocordylus. They have long limbs, and long slender digits. Some populations are melanistic and sexually dichromatic.

Habits[edit]

Their specialized adaptation to steep rock faces is believed to have favoured their agility and lightly armored anatomy.[1] They give live birth to one to three young.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eifler et al., 2007; Janse van Rensburg, 2009; Janse van Rensburg et al., 2009
  • Hemicordylus resurrected: Stanley et al, 2011, Between a rock and a hard polytomy: Rapid radiation in the rupicolous girdled lizards (Squamata: Cordylidae)