oa African Zoology - Taxonomic status of the melanistic forms of the Cordylus cordylus complex (Reptilia: Cordylidae) in the south-western Cape, South Africa

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



The taxonomic status of the two melanistic morphotypes belonging to the Cordylus cordylus complex in the south-western Cape, South Africa, is considered. It is proposed that the coastal melanistic form, previously descriptionbed as subspecies of C. cordylus, be considered a separate species, while the previously unknown montane melanistic form is also descriptionbed as a new species. Areas of uncertainty, which may affect the status of the two melanistic species in the future, are discussed.

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