Pseudocordylus microlepidotus

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Pseudocordylus microlepidotus
The Black - girdled lizard on Table Mountain Cape Town 065.jpg
Pseudocordylus microlepidotus microlepidotus on Table Mountain
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Cordylidae
Genus: Pseudocordylus
P. microlepidotus
Binomial name
Pseudocordylus microlepidotus
(Cuvier, 1829)

Pseudocordylus microlepidotus, the Cape crag lizard, is a species of lizard native to shrublands and grasslands of South Africa.[1] Three subspecies have been named: Pseudocordylus microlepidotus microlepidotus, Pseudocordylus microlepidotus fasciatus, and Pseudocordylus microlepidotus namaquensis.[2] The species is ovoviviparous. The species is protected under CITES.[3]


The two sexes are very similar in size, however males exhibit a larger head than females.[4] Males also develop more glands than females. The sexes begin to differentiate before sexual maturity.


  1. ^ "The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  2. ^ "Pseudocordylus microlepidotus". The Reptile Database. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  3. ^ "Encyclopedia of Life". Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  4. ^ Mouton, P. le Fras N.; Gagiano, Carmen; Sachse, Beate (2005-06-01). "Generation glands and sexual size dimorphism in the Cape Crag Lizard, Pseudocordylus microlepidotus". African Journal of Herpetology. 54 (1): 43–51. doi:10.1080/21564574.2005.9635516. ISSN 2156-4574. S2CID 83968220.