1905W.L. Sclater inFlint & GilchristScience in S. Afr. 145They are spiny lizards and bask in full sunlight on smooth rocks often nodding their head, and have thus gained the name of ‘Kokkelmanetjie’ or Little Bowing Man among the Dutch.
1905W.L. Sclater inFlint & GilchristScience in S. Afr. 145The agamidae have eight representatives, all assigned to the typical genus; they are spiny lizards and bask in full sunlight on smooth rocks often nodding their head, and have thus gained the name of ‘Kokkelmanetjie’ or Little Bowing Man among the Dutch.
1918S.H. SkaifeAnimal Life in S. Afr. 216The little kokkelmannetje is very common, and receives its name from the habit it has of moving its head up and down as it rests on the rock. Thus it has been named the ‘little mimicking man,’ because it is supposed to return the bow of the observer.
c1939S.H. SkaifeS. Afr. Nature Notes 22The lizards known as ‘koggelmannetjies’ do not appear to have any popular English name...There are nine different species of koggelmannetjies found in this country.
1947J. Stevenson-HamiltonWild Life in S. Afr. 318There are nine species of so-called Rock Lizards (Agama) known as koggelmannetjies in South Africa.
1950W. RoseReptiles & Amphibians 142The agamas, familiarly called in South Africa ‘koggelmannerjies’, are a large genus numbering about fifty species.
1970V.F.M. Fitzsimons inStd Encycl. of Sn Afr.I. 218The Afrikaans name ‘koggelmannetjies’ refers to their characteristic habit of bobbing their heads up and down, especially when nervous or curious.
2. With qualifying word: black koggelmannetjie (rare) or bloukop koggelmannetjie, formerly also blauwkop koggelmannetjie [Afrikaans, bloukop (earlier South African Dutch blaukop), blou blue + kop head], bloukopkoggelmander (see koggelmander sense 2).
c1939S.H. SkaifeS. Afr. Nature Notes 22The commoner [species] is the Black koggelmannetjie (Agama atra)...The scales on his head and chest are a bright turquoise blue..hence the name ‘bloukop koggelmander’.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 66Blaukopsalmander or Koggelmannetje, A lizard..of somewhat striking colours, the head and back being a bright blue and the throat of an exquisitely delicate rose colour.
1963S.H. SkaifeNaturalist Remembers 172For some time past two koggelmannetjies have lived in the garden. They do not seem to have a popular name in English...The Afrikaans name means ‘little mimicking man’ and refers to the habit these lizards have of bobbing the head up and down when peering over the edge of a rock...The male’s head is a bright blue during the breeding season. Many people are convinced that the bloukop koggelmannetjie is poisonous but they are wrong.
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