Swellendam district, Western Cape Province, South Africa.
May be close to D. abyssinicus. Races often treated as comprising three geographical groups: NE “hemprichii group” (also with massaicus); W & C “lafresnayi group” (including sharpii and lepidus); and S “fuscescens group” (with centralis, hartlaubii and intermedius). Races intergrade to variable extent, also interbreed, especially in E & S. Numerous other described races are all considered insufficiently differentiated to warrant recognition or represent clinal variation: cosensi, known from single type specimen (Senegal), is merged with lafresnayi, and camerunensis (Cameroon) with sharpii; chyulu (Chyulu Hills, in S Kenya) synonymized with hartlaubii; loandae (N Angola to W DRCongo) synonymized with centralis, as are camacupae (Angolan plateau E to Malawi), stresemanni (N Namibia) and capriviensis (SW Zambia to N Botswana); harei (S Namibia) and orangensis (Orange R basin in E South Africa) lumped with nominate; and transvaalensis (S Zimbabwe and E Limpopo), noomei (coastal S Mozambique and NE KwaZulu-Natal) and natalensis (lowland E Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal) are regarded as synonyms of intermedius. Nine subspecies recognized.
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