n African Journal of Herpetology - A new species of rupicolous Laurenti 1768 (Sauria : Cordylidae) from Northern Mozambique : original article

Volume 54, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2156-4574
  • E-ISSN: 2153-3660
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A new rupicolous girdled lizard, <I>Cordylus meculae&lt;/I&gt; Branch, Rödel & Marais, is described from Serra Mecula in the Niassa Game Reserve, northern Mozambique. Morphologically it is closest to <I>C. rhodesianus&lt;/I&gt; - which is restricted to the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe (850 km south) - but has more rugose head shields, a wider rostral and grey colouration. Although geographically closer to <I>C. nyikae&lt;/I&gt; (found 450 km to the west, across the Rift Valley region and Lake Malawi) it differs in numerous features, including details of scalation and nostril position. It differs from arboreal <I>C. tropidosternum</I> in having smooth gular and ventral scalation in adults, a more centrally positioned nostril, dorsoventrally flattened head and body, blotched colour pattern, and rock-living habits. It is the second, and only rupicolous species of &lt;I&gt;Cordylus&lt;/I&gt; recorded from northern Mozambique.

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