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oa African Zoology - Phenotypic variadon among populations of Cordylus cordylus (Reptilia: Cordylidae) in the south-western Cape Province, South Africa

Volume 22, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X

 

Abstract

In order to elucidate the taxonomic status of the melanistic, girdled lizard, Cordylus cordylus niger, occurring in the Cape Peninsula and the Saldanha Bay area, South Africa, character variation among populations of the C. cordylus complex in the section of the Cape Province south of 32�30' latitude and west of 19�30' longitude was analysed. Variation for 92 external morphological characters at 54 localities was determined. Distinct patterns of interlocality variation were observed in only eight characters, but interestingly, these patterns were concordant in all eight cases. The observed patterns are interpreted as indicating that three phenotypic forms of the nominate species occur in the south-western Cape.

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2019-10-13

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