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Chondrodactylus angulifer

Chondrodactylus angulifer

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: Gekkota
Infraordo: Gekkomorpha
Superfamilia: Gekkonoidea

Familia: Gekkonidae
Subfamilia: Gekkoninae
Genus: Chondrodactylus
Species: C. angulifer

Subspecies: C. a. angulifer – C. a. namibensis

Chondrodactylus angulifer Peters, 1870

Type locality: Calviniadistrict, Oorlogsriver (= Northern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa).

Holotype: ZMB 6750A .

Chondrodactylus weiri Boulenger, 1887


Peters, 1870. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der herpetologische Fauna von Südafrika. Monatsber. K. Preuss. Akad. Wiss., Berlin 1870: 110–115.
Chondrodactylus angulifer at the New Reptile Database


Republic of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana

Vernacular names
English: Namib Giant Ground Gecko

Chondrodactylus angulifer, also known as the common giant ground gecko, the South African ground gecko, or the Namib sand gecko, is a species of gecko, a lizard in the family Gekkonidae. The species is endemic to southern Africa.

Geographic range

C. angulifer is found in Namibia, southernmost Botswana, and western South Africa.[2]

C. angulifer is a large gecko. Adults average 7 to 9 cm (2.8 to 3.5 in) snout-to-vent length (SVL). The record size is a male 11.3 cm (4.4 in) SVL.[3]

An adult female C. angulifer may lay a clutch of one or two eggs. The eggs are almost spherical, 18 by 16 mm (0.71 by 0.63 in). Each hatchling is approximately 7 cm (2.8 in) total length (including tail).[3]

There are two subspecies which are recognized as being valid, including the nominotypical subspecies.[2]

Chondrodactylus angulifer subsp. angulifer W. Peters, 1870
Chondrodactylus angulifer subsp. namibensis Haacke, 1976


Tolley, K.A.; Alexander, G.J. (2021). "Chondrodactylus angulifer". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2021: e.T178743A120635185. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-2.RLTS.T178743A120635185.en. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
"Chondrodactylus angulifer ". The Reptile Database. Retrieved 2017-11-11.

Branch, Bill (2004). Field Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Sanibel Island, Florida: Ralph Curtis Books. 399 pp. ISBN 0-88359-042-5. (Chondrotactylus angulifer, pp. 237-238 + Plate79).

Further reading

Haacke WD (1976). "The burrowing geckos of southern Africa, 4 (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). Annotated taxonomic account (cont.) E. Genus Chondrodactylus Peters". Annals of the Transvaal Museum 30: 53–70. (Chondrodactylus angulifer namibensis, new subspecies).
Peters W (1870). "Beitrag zur Kenntnis der herpetologischen Fauna von Südafrika ". Monatsberichte der Königlich Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zur Berlin 1870: 110–115. (Chondrodactylus angulifer, new species, p. 111). (in German and Latin).

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