Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa and Mozambique. 


Ichnotropis capensis  (SMITH, 1838)


Algyra capensis  A. SMITH, 1838

Tropidosaura Dumerelii  SMITH, 1849

Ichnotropis macrolepidota  PETERS, 1854

Ichnotropis Dumerilii  BOCAGE, 1866

Ichnotropis capensis  BOULENGER, 1897

Ichnotropis longipes  BOULENGER, 1902

Ichnotropis capensis overlaeti   WITTE & LAURENT, 1942

Ichnotropis capensis longipes   FITZSIMONS, 1943

Ichnotropis capensis nigrescens   LAURENT, 1952

Ichnotropis capensis  LOVERIDGE, 1953

Common names:

Cape Rough-scaled Lizard (English)
Rauhschuppige Kapeidechse (German)


Holotype: lost, formerly BMNH (fide (BOULENGER 1921: 188)
Holotype: lost (fide FITZSIMONS 1943), collector A. Smith, N.E. of Lattaku, towards the tropic of Capricorn (BOULENGER 1887) [Tropidosaura dumerilii]
Holotype: RMCA (= MRAC) (was RGMC) 14671 [nigrescens]
Holotype: RMCA (= MRAC) 9691 (collector F.G. OVERLAET) [overlaeti]

Terra Typica:

Kuruman in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa near the border with Northwestern Province.

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.  

  • Laurent, R.F. (1964) -  Ichnotropis -  In: Reptiles et batraciens de l`Angola (troisième note). Companhia de Diamantes de Angola (Diamang), Serviços Culturais, Museu do Dundo (Angola), 67: 61-65.  

  • 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.    

  • Berg, M.P. van den (2017) -  An annotated bibliographic history of Ichnotropis PETERS, 1854 (Reptilia, Lacertidae) with remarks on the validity of some of the including species. -  L@CERTIDAE, 2017 [4]: 60-138.