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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
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: Gerrhosaurus
Species (7): G. auritus – G. bulsi – G. flavigularis – G. multilineatus – G. nigrolineatus – G. skoogi – G. typicus

Gerrhosaurus Wiegmann, 1828: 377

Type species: Gerrhosaurus flavigularis Wiegmann, 1828, by monotypy.

Angolosaurus FitzSimons, 1953

Type species: Gerrhosaurus skoogi Andersson, 1916, by original designation.
Primary references

Wiegmann, A.F.A. 1828. Beyträge zur Amphibienkunde (in German). Isis von Oken 21(4): 364–383. BHL Reference page.

Additional references

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 Paywall Reference page.
Lamb, T. & Bauer, A.M. 2013. To be or not to be Angolosaurus: a multilocus perspective on the phylogenetic position of Africa's desert plated lizard (Gerrhosauridae). Zoologica Scripta 42(4): 381–388. DOI: 10.1111/zsc.12016 Reference page.


Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2023. Gerrhosaurus . The Reptile Database. Accessed on 1 November 2018.

Gerrhosaurus is a genus of lizards native to southern and eastern Africa.

Species of Gerrhosaurus are found in dry, rocky semi-open habitats.[citation needed]
Species and subspecies

The following species and subspecies are recognized as being valid.[1] Some have been reassigned to new genera.

Gerrhosaurus auritus Boettger, 1887 – Kalahari plated lizard
Gerrhosaurus bulsi Laurent, 1954
Gerrhosaurus flavigularis Wiegmann, 1828 – yellow-throated plated lizard
Gerrhosaurus flavigularis fitzsimonsi Loveridge, 1942
Gerrhosaurus flavigularis flavigularis Wiegmann, 1828
Gerrhosaurus multilineatus Bocage, 1866
Gerrhosaurus nigrolineatus Hallowell, 1857 – black-lined plated lizard
Gerrhosaurus nigrolineatus ahlefeldti Hellmich & Schmelcher, 1956
Gerrhosaurus nigrolineatus nigrolineatus Hallowell, 1857
Gerrhosaurus skoogi Andersson, 1916 – desert plated lizard
Gerrhosaurus typicus A. Smith, 1837 – Namaqua plated lizard


"Gerrhosaurus ". The Reptile Database.

Further reading

Bates MF, Tolley KA, Edwards S, Davids Z, Da Silva JM, Branch WR (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. (Broadleysaurus and Matobosaurus, new genera).
Branch, Bill (2004). Field Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Third Revised edition, Second impression. Sanibel Island, Florida: Ralph Curtis Books. 399 pp. ISBN 0-88359-042-5. (Genus Gerrhosaurus, p. 178).
Wiegmann AF (1828). "Beiträge zur Amphibienkunde ". Isis von Oken 21 (4): 364–383. (Gerrhosaurus, new genus, p. 375). (in German).

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