IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)


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Range Description

This species is widespread in South Africa, where it is found in Western Cape as far south as Stellenbosch and Somerset West in Cape Peninsula, extending to Stenkopf in the northwest, and then inland in the Northern Cape province to Prieska and Calvinia along consolidated sands along the east coast and inland to the Eastern Cape province, to the southern Free State and into Gauteng (subspecies C. h. hottentotus; C. h. pretoriae, C. h. mahali); the subspecies C. h. natalensis occurs from the Eastern Cape through KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Swaziland (where C. h. pretoriae may also occur in the west) and into southern Kruger National Park and extreme southern Mozambique. The range of C. h. nimrodi begins at the Limpopo River and goes up to Bulawayo, but the eastern limit is unclear. Animals formerly recognised as C. whytei, (Faulkes et al. 2004), exist as a disjunct, isolated poplulation occurring in extreme southwestern Tanzania (at Suma, 910' S, 3340' E), and the Nyika Plateau region of Malawi and adjacent Zambia southwards to the Nsanje District of southern Malawi (a single record; which may yet represent another taxon). The precise limits of distribution of the various subspecies remain to be properly delimited.


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