Cordylus nyikae

Cordylus nyikae

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Cordylus nyikae

An isolated population of the Rhodesian girdled lizard from granite outcrops in montane grassland of northern Malawi was recently redescribed as Cordylus nyikae. Unlike the Rhodesian girdled lizard, the head shields of this species are very rugose, the nostrils are pierced in the lower posterior corner of the nasal scales, and the dorsals do not have a serrated posterior margin. The dorsal coloration is dark brown to gray-brown with lighter spots. The tail and upper lips are light brown. The belly is buff. Its common name is Nyika girdled lizard.

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1. Cordylus nyikae Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordylus_nyikae
2. Cordylus nyikae on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/110159813/110159824

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