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Citation: Midtgaard, Rune. RepFocus - A Survey of the Reptiles of the World. (www.repfocus.dk).
Latest update: December 31st, 2022.

Taxonomy of the family Cordylidae
Bibliography of the genus Platysaurus
Biodiversity of the family Cordylidae


Flat Lizards



1844 Platysaurus Smith (type species: Platysaurus capensis Smith 1844)
Contents: 16 species, of which 8 (50.0%) are endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Distribution: Botswana, Eswatini, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape), Tanzania, Zimbabwe.

Platysaurus attenboroughi

Karasburg Flat Lizard, (Attenborough's Flat Lizard)



2015 Platysaurus attenboroughi Whiting, Branch, Pepper & Keogh

Distribution: Namibia, South Africa (Northern Cape).

Platysaurus broadleyi

Augrabies Flat Lizard, (Broadley's Flat Lizard)



1997 Platysaurus broadleyi Branch & Whiting

Distribution: South Africa (Northern Cape).

Platysaurus capensis

Cape Flat Lizard, Namaqua Flat Lizard, (Orange River Flat Lizard)



1844 Platysaurus capensis Smith

Remarks: Now restricted to Northern Cape Province, South Africa. Previously included the populations now assigned to attenboroughi. Records from southern Namibia and adjacent parts of Northern Cape Province refer to that species (Whiting, Branch, Pepper & Keogh 2015).
Distribution: South Africa (Northern Cape).

Platysaurus guttatus

Dwarf Flat Lizard, (Spotted Rock Lizard)

Kleine Platt-Gürtelechse


1849 Platysaurus guttatus Smith

Remarks: See remarks under minor and orientalis.
Distribution: South Africa (Limpopo).

Platysaurus imperator

Emperor Flat Lizard, Imperial Rock Lizard



1962 Platysaurus imperator Broadley

Distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe.

Platysaurus imperator
© Rune Midtgaard

Platysaurus intermedius

Common Flat Lizard

Gewöhnliche Platt-Gürtelechse

Almindelig Fladbælteøgle

1891 Platysaurus intermedius Matschie
Platysaurus guttatus intermedius Wermuth 1968
1909 Platysaurus wilhelmi Hewitt (Broadley 1978)
Platysaurus guttatus wilhelmi Loveridge 1944
Platysaurus intermedius wilhelmi Broadley 1978
1941 Platysaurus guttatus rhodesianus Fitzsimons (Broadley 1978)
Platysaurus intermedius rhodesianus Broadley 1978
1948 Platysaurus guttatus natalensis Fitzsimons (Broadley 1978)
Platysaurus intermedius natalensis Broadley 1978
1953 Platysaurus guttatus nyasae Loveridge (Broadley 1978)
Platysaurus intermedius nyasae Broadley 1978
1962 Platysaurus guttatus subniger Broadley (Broadley 1978)
Platysaurus intermedius subniger Broadley 1978
1976 Platysaurus intermedius parvus Broadley
1980 Platysaurus intermedius nigrescens Broadley
1994 Platysaurus intermedius inopinus Jacobsen

Revalidated as a separate species by Broadley (1978).
Other common names:
inopinus: Unexpected Flat Lizard
natalensis: KwaZulu-Natal Flat Lizard
nyasae: Mpatamanga Flat Lizard
parvus: Blouberg Flat Lizard
rhodesianus: Zimbabwe Flat Lizard
wilhelmi: Wilhelm's Flat Lizard
Distribution: Botswana, Eswatini, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga), Zimbabwe.

Platysaurus lebomboensis

Lebombo Flat Lizard



1994 Platysaurus lebomboensis Jacobsen

Distribution: Eswatini, Mozambique, South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga).

Platysaurus maculatus

Spotted Flat Lizard

Gefleckte Platt-Gürtelechse

Plettet Fladbælteøgle

1965 Platysaurus maculatus maculatus Broadley
1965 Platysaurus maculatus lineicauda Broadley

Distribution: Mozambique, Tanzania.

Platysaurus maculatus
© Rune Midtgaard

Platysaurus minor

Waterberg Flat Lizard



1930 Platysaurus guttatus minor Fitzsimons
Platysaurus minor Jacobsen & Newbery 1989

Distribution: South Africa (Limpopo).

Platysaurus mitchelli

Mulanje Flat Lizard



1953 Platysaurus mitchelli Loveridge

Distribution: Malawi.

Platysaurus monotropis

Orange-throated Flat Lizard

Orangekehlige Platt-Gürtelechse

Orangestrubet Fladbælteøgle

1994 Platysaurus monotropis Jacobsen

Distribution: South Africa (Limpopo).

Platysaurus ocellatus

Ocellated Flat Lizard



1962 Platysaurus ocellatus Broadley

Distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe.

Platysaurus orientalis

Sekukhune Flat Lizard



1941 Platysaurus minor orientalis Fitzsimons
Platysaurus guttatus orientalis Loveridge 1944
Platysaurus orientalis Jacobsen & Newbery 1989
1944 Platysaurus guttatus fitzsimonsi Loveridge (Jacobsen & Newbery 1989)
Platysaurus fitzsimonsi Broadley 1978
Platysaurus orientalis fitzsimonsi Jacobsen & Newbery 1989

Other common names:
fitzsimonsi: Fitzsimons' Flat Lizard
Remarks: Previously regarded as a subspecies or synonym of guttatus (e.g., Loveridge 1944; Wermuth 1968; Broadley 1978). Revalidated as a separate species by Jacobsen & Newbery (1989). Contains two subspecies (orientalis, fitzsimonsi), previously regarded as separate species (e.g., Broadley 1978).
Distribution: South Africa (Limpopo, Mpumalanga).

Platysaurus pungweensis

Pungwe Flat Lizard



1959 Platysaurus guttatus pungweensis Broadley
Platysaurus pungweensis Broadley 1978
1964 Platysaurus intermedius blakei Broadley (Broadley 1978)
Platysaurus guttatus blakei Wermuth 1968
Platysaurus pungweensis blakei Broadley 1978

Distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe.

Platysaurus relictus

Soutpansberg Flat Lizard, Relict Flat Lizard



1976 Platysaurus relictus Broadley

Distribution: South Africa (Limpopo).

Platysaurus torquatus

Striped Flat Lizard

Gestreifte Platt-Gürtelechse

Stribet Fladbælteøgle

1879 Platysaurus torquatus Peters
Platysaurus guttatus torquatus Loveridge 1944

Remarks: Revalidated as a separate species by Broadley (1978).
Distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.