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Taxonomy of the family Gerrhosauridae
Bibliography of the genus Gerrhosaurus
Biodiversity of the family Gerrhosauridae








Genus
Gerrhosaurus

Typical Plated Lizards

Eigentliche Schildeidechsen

Egentlige Plade°gler

1828 Gerrhosaurus Wiegmann (type species: Gerrhosaurus flavigularis Wiegmann 1828)
1836 Pleurotuchus Smith (type species: Pleurotuchus typicus Smith 1836; syn. Wermuth 1968)
1837 Pleuroptychus Wiegmann (type species: Pleurotuchus typicus Smith 1836; syn. Wermuth 1968)
1953 Angolosaurus Fitzsimons (type species: Gerrhosaurus skoogi Andersson 1916; syn. Lamb, Meeker, Bauer & Branch 2003)
Contents: 8 species, of which 1 (12.5%) is endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Remarks: Previously included the species now placed in Broadleysaurus and Matobosaurus.
Distribution: SubSaharan Africa.
Reported from: Angola (incl. Cabinda), Botswana, Burundi, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique (incl. Bazaruto Archipelago), Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa (Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West Province, Northern Cape, Western Cape), Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Gerrhosaurus auritus

Kalahari Plated Lizard, Golden Plated Lizard, Angolan Plated Lizard

Kalahari-Schildechse

Kalahari-plade°gle

1887 Gerrhosaurus auritus Boettger
Gerrhosaurus nigrolineatus auritus Loveridge 1942
Gerrhosaurus multilineatus auritus Branch 1988
Gerrhosaurus auritus Griffin 2003

Distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa (Limpopo), Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Gerrhosaurus bulsi

Dundo Plated Lizard

Dundo-Schildechse

Dundo-plade°gle

1954 Gerrhosaurus auritus bulsi Laurent
Gerrhosaurus bulsi Laurent 1964
1960 Gerrhosaurus nigrolineatus anselli Broadley (Broadley & Cotterill 2004)

Remarks: Erroneously treated as a synonym of multilineatus of western Angola, a poorly known form still under investigation (Broadley & Cotterill 2004; Bates, Tolley, Edwards, Davids, Silva & Branch 2013).
Distribution: Angola, Congo-Kinshasa, Zambia.


Gerrhosaurus flavigularis

Yellow-throated Plated Lizard

Gelbkehlschildechse

Gulstrubet Plade°gle

1828 Gerrhosaurus flavigularis Wiegmann
1834 Gerrhosaurus ocellatus Cocteau (Boulenger 1887)
1836 Pleurotuchus chrysobronchus Smith (Boulenger 1887)
1836 Pleurotuchus desjardinii Smith (Boulenger 1887)
1844 Gerrhosaurus bibroni Smith (Boulenger 1887)
1883 Gerrhosaurus flavigularis quadrilineata Boettger
1942 Gerrhosaurus flavigularis fitzsimonsi Loveridge

Distribution: Botswana, Burundi, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique (incl. Bazaruto Archipelago), Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa (Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West Province, Northern Cape, Western Cape), Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Gerrhosaurus intermedius

Eastern Black-lined Plated Lizard

Ístliche Schwarzstreifen-Schildechse

ěstlig Sortstribet Plade°gle, Stribet Plade°gle

1907 Gerrhosaurus flavigularis intermedia L÷nnberg
Gerrhosaurus intermedius Bates, Tolley, Edwards, Davids, Silva & Branch 2013

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of nigrolineatus (e.g., Loveridge 1942; Wermuth 1968). Revalidated as a separate species by Bates, Tolley, Edwards, Davids, Silva & Branch (2013). Consists of the populations which used to be regarded as the eastern and southern populations of nigrolineatus, however, the exact species boundary between intermedius and nigrolineatus in Angola, Botswana, Congo-Kinshasa, Namibia, and Zambia, still needs to be determined (Bates, Tolley, Edwards, Davids, Silva & Branch 2013). These populations are here provisionally retained as nigrolineatus.
Distribution: Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa (Limpopo, Mpumalanga), Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Gerrhosaurus multilineatus

Many-lined Plated Lizard, Kwanza Keeled Plated Lizard

Vielstreifen-Schildechse

Mangestribet Plade°gle

1866 Gerrhosaurus multilineatus Bocage

Remarks: Status uncertain. Regarded as a synonym of nigrolineatus in some works (e.g., Boulenger 1887; Wermuth 1968). Broadley (1999) noted that the taxon Gerrhosaurus multilineatus Bocage 1866 is based on a hybrid specimen and therefore considered the name unavailable, which, however, it is not, even if based on a hybrid (Bates, Tolley, Edwards, Davids, Silva & Branch 2013). See the latter authors for further notes on the status of multilineatus.
Distribution: Angola.


Gerrhosaurus nigrolineatus

Western Black-lined Plated Lizard, Lesser Plated Lizard, Gabon Plated Lizard

Westliche Schwarzstreifen-Schildechse

Vestlig Sortstribet Plade°gle, Stribet Plade°gle

1857 Gerrhosaurus nigrolineatus Hallowell
Gerrhosaurus flavigularis nigrolineatus Schmidt 1919
1939 Gerrhosaurus nigrolineatus australis Fitzsimons
1956 Gerrhosaurus nigrolineatus ahlefeldti Hellmich & Schmelcher

Remarks: Previously included intermedius. The exact species boundaries between intermedius and nigrolineatus in Angola, Botswana, Congo-Kinshasa, Namibia and Zambia still need to be determined (Bates, Tolley, Edwards, Davids, Silva & Branch 2013). These populations are here provisionally retained as nigrolineatus.
Introduced to: United Arab Emirates.
Distribution: Angola (incl. Cabinda), Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Gabon.


Gerrhosaurus nigrolineatus
© Rune Midtgaard

Gerrhosaurus skoogi

Desert Plated Lizard, Dune Plated Lizard

Sandschildechse

ěrkenplade°gle

1916 Gerrhosaurus skoogi Andersson
Gerrhosaurus validus skoogi Loveridge 1942
Angolosaurus skoogi Fitzsimons 1953

Distribution: Angola, Namibia.


Gerrhosaurus typicus

Namaqua Plated Lizard, Karoo Plated Lizard

Namaqua-Schildechse

Namaqua-plade°gle

1836 Pleurotuchus typicus Smith
Gerrhosaurus typicus DumÚril & Bibron 1839

Remarks: Presence in Namibia based on visual sighting. Confirmation needed (Griffin 2003; Herrmann & Branch 2013).
Distribution: Namibia, South Africa (Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape).