oa Annals of the Natal Museum - A review of the crag lizards (Genus Pseudocordylus ) of Natal

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



While studying at the University of Natal in 1962, I took the opportunity of examining all the specimens of Pseudocordylus in the Natal Museum, Durban Museum and the Natal University Museum. Three weekends were spent in the Cathedral Peak area of the Drakensberg and 48 specimens of Pseudocordylus, representing three species, were collected. At the Transvaal Museum, I examined the type series of P.s. transvaalensis and P. spinosus, well as as the 'paratypes' of P. langi. After studying most of the available Natal material, it is now possible to distinguish four local forms: Pseudocordylus spinosus FitzSimons Pseudocordylus subviridis sub viridis (A. Smith) Pseudocordylus subviridis transvaalensis FitzSimons Pseudocordylus langi Loveridge. It has been decided to restrict the scope of this paper to the Natal forms as there is at present insufficient material from the northern Cape Province to make a comprehensive generic revision possible.

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