Girish Mahajan

Hemicordylus capensis

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Reptilia
Family  Cordylidae
Rank  Species
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Squamata
Genus  Hemicordylus
Hemicordylus capensis
Similar  Hemicordylus, Lang's crag lizard, Ninurta coeruleopunctatus, Ukinga girdled lizard, Cape flat lizard

The false girdled lizard (Hemicordylus capensis) is a lizard species endemic to the Cape Fold Belt of southern South Africa.



The maximum snout-to-vent length is about 76 mm. Like its sister species Hemicordylus nebulosus, it has gracile features, with a phenotype described as intermediate between typical Cordylus and the larger, more robust Pseudocordylus. They have long limbs, and long slender digits. Some populations are melanistic and sexually dichromatic.


Their specialized adaptation to steep rock faces is believed to have favoured their agility and lightly armored anatomy. They give live birth to one to three young.


Hemicordylus capensis Wikipedia

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