Matobosaurus validus

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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: Matobosaurus
Species: Matobosaurus validus


  • Matobosaurus validus (Smith, 1849)

Holotype: BMNH 1946.8.9.89.

Type locality: “interior of Southern Africa, towards the sources of the Garrep, or Orange River”.


  • Gerrhosaurus vallidus Smith 1849: App. 9 [original combination]
  • Broadleysaurus validus Bates & Tolley in Bates et al., 2013: 476 [subsequent combination, restaure to species]


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
  • Bates, M.F., Tolley, K.A., Edwards, S., Davids, Z., Silva, J.M. & Branch, W.R. 2013. A molecular phylogeny of the African plated lizards, genus Gerrhosaurus Wiegmann, 1828 (Squamata: Gerrhosauridae), with the description of two new genera. Zootaxa 3750(5): 465–493. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3750.5.3 Reference page


Vernacular names[edit]

English: Common Giant Plated Lizard