Angola (extreme south-east), Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Namibia. 


Heliobolus lugubris  (SMITH, 1838)


Lacerta lugubris  A. SMITH, 1838

Common names:

Bushveld Lizard (English)
Südafrikanischer Sonnenrenner (German)


Type: BMNH 1946.8.6.37-45 (and possibly additional specimens).

Terra Typica:

`District immediately beyond the northern frontier of the Colony` [= Great Namaqualand in southern Namibia].

Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Smith, A. (1838) -  Contributions to the Natural History of Southern Africa. Art. VIII. -  Magazine of natural history, London, 2 (14): 92-94.  

  • Engleder, A. & Haring, E. & Kirchhof, S. & Mayer, W. (2013) -  Multiple nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequences provide new insights into the phylogeny of South African Lacertids (Lacertidae, Eremiadinae). -  Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, Berlin, 51 (2): 132-143.    

  • Marques, M.P. & Ceríaco, L.M.P. & Heinicke, M.P. & Chehouri, R.M. & Conradie, W. & Tolley, K.A. & Bauer, A.M. (2022) -  The Angolan bushveld lizards, genus Heliobolus Fitzinger, 1843 (Squamata: Lacertidae): Integrative taxonomy and the description of two new species. -  Vertebrate Zoology, 72: 745–769 (DOI 10.3897/vz.72.e85269).