Cordylosaurus subtessellatus

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Taxonavigation: Scincoidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Scincomorpha
Superfamilia: Scincoidea

Familia: Gerrhosauridae
Subfamilia: Gerrhosaurinae
Genus: Cordylosaurus
Species: Cordylosaurus subtessellatus


  • Cordylosaurus subtessellatus (Smith, 1844)

Holotype: BMNH 1946.8.19.41.

Type locality: “Great Namaqualand”.


  • Gerrhosaurus subtessellatus Smith 1844: pl. XLI, unpaginated [original combination]
  • Pleurostrichus subtessellatus Gray, 1845: 51 [subsequent combination]
  • Cordylosaurus subtessellatus Gray, 1965: 641 [subsequent combination]


  • Gerrhosaurus trivittatus Peters, 1862: 18

Syntypes (4): ZMB 4205, subadult; ZMB 4206, adult; ZMB 4207, juvenile; ZMB 50300, subadult; collected by Missionar C.H. Hahn.

Type locality: “Neu-Barmen [=Otjimbingwe]”, Namibia.

  • Cordylosaurus trivirgatusGray, 1865: 641 [Incorrect subsequent spelling for trivittatus]


Primary references[edit]

  • Smith, A. 1838–1849. Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa; Consisting Chiefly of Figures and Descriptions of the Objects of Natural History Collected During an Expedition Into the Interior of South Africa, in the Years 1834, 1835, and 1836; Fitted Out by “The Cape of Good Hope Association for Exploring Central Africa.” Published Under the Authority of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Treasury. Reptilia. Vol. 2. Smith, Elder and Co.: London. [100] + 28 pp., pls. 1–78. BHL Reference page
  • Peters, W.C.H. 1862. Übersicht einiger von dem , durch seine afrikanische Sprachforschungen, rühmlichst bekannten, Hrn. Missionär C.H. Hahn bei Neu-Barmen, im Hererolande, and der Westküste von Afrika, im 21˚ südl. Br. gesammelten Amphibien. Monatsberichte der Königlichen Preussische Akademie des Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1862: 15–26. BHL
  • Gray, J.E. 1865. Descriptions of Two New Genera of Lizards from Damaraland. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1865(3): 640–642. BHL


Vernacular names[edit]

English: Dwarf Plated Lizard