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Acanthodactylus bedriagai LATASTE, 1881

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Bedriaga's Fringe-fingered Lizard 
SynonymAcanthodactylus bedriagai LATASTE 1881
Acanthodactylus bedriagae — BOULENGER 1881: 746
Acanthodactylus pardalis variete bedriagai — DOUMERGUE 1901
Acanthodactylus bedriagai — SALVADOR 1982
Acanthodactylus bedriagai — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 390
Acanthodactylus bedriagai— HARRIS & ARNOLD 2000
Acanthodactylus bedriagae — HARRIS et al. 2004 
DistributionN Algeria (Tablelands), Tunisia

Type locality: Plateau de Sersou, Cyrenaique, Biskra, Hauts Plateaux, Tell (El Guerah, Setif, Constantine, Batna, Oued Sedeur, Oued Dermel, Sahara (Biskra, Bou Saada, Laghouat, Tilremt, Bou-Guelfaia, Le Mzab, Ouargla). Restricted by SALVADOR 1982 to “El Guernah, Hauts Plateaux”.  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.9.4.21 (Sersou), BM 1946.9.3.50 (Batna), BM 1946.9.3.51, 1920.1.20.1324 (El Guerah), NMW 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Large, robust body. Relatively short snout. One row of granules between the supraoculars and the superciliaries. Subocular separated from the lip by a small scale. Blunt temporals. Flat, unkeeled dorsals. Slight pectination of the fourth toe. Smooth, imbricate scales on the upperside of the tail. Small ventrals arranged in 14 longitudinal series. Three series of scales on fingers. Both male and female having 26 presacral vertebrae. Four lines of ocelli along the back with only slightly reticulate traces of pattern between them. Blue coloration (Salvador 1982: 85). 
EtymologyNamed after Jacques von Bedriaga (1854-1906), Russian-born herpetologist. 
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  • Bezaz, Y. I., Hadjab, R., Khammar, H., Redjaimia, L., & Saheb, M. 2021. First data on the diversity of the herpetofauna of the Oum El Bouaghi Region (Northeast of Algeria). Ecol. Env. & Cons. 27 (3): 983-989
  • Boettger, O. 1885. Liste der von Hrn. Dr. med. W. Kobelt in Algerien und Tunisien gesammelten Kriechtiere. In W. Kobelt (editor), Reiseerinnerungen aus Algerien und Tunis. Berichte der Senckenbergischen Naturforschungs Gesellschaft 1885: 452–475 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, George A. 1881. On the lizards of the genera Lacerta and Acanthodactylus. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1881: 739-747 - get paper here
  • Doumergue,F. 1901. Essai sur la faune erpétologique de l'Oranie avec des tableaux analytiques et des notations pour la détermination de tous les reptiles et batraciens du Maroc, de l'Algerie et de la Tunisie. L. Fouque, Oran, 404 pp. - get paper here
  • Gemel, R.; G. Gassner & S. Schweiger 2019. Katalog der Typen der Herpetologischen Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien – 2018. Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, B 121: 33–248
  • Harris, D. J., V. Batista and M. A. Carretero 2004. Assessment of genetic diversity within Acanthodactylus erythrurus (Reptilla: Lacertidae) in Morocco and the Iberian Peninsula using mitochondrial DNA sequence data. Amphibia-Reptilia 25 (2): 227-232 - get paper here
  • Lataste, F. 1881. Diagnoses de reptiles nouveaux d'Algerie. Le Naturaliste 1881: 357-359 - get paper here
  • Mellado,J. & Olmedo,G. 1990. El género Acanthodactylus en Marruecos: problemas de identificación en los grupos de especies A. pardalis y A. scutellatus. Amphibia-Reptilia 11: 131-146 - get paper here
  • Salvador, A 1982. A revision of the lizards of the genus Acanthodactylus (Sauria: Lacertidae). Bonner Zool. Monogr. (16): 1-167 - get paper here
  • Schleich, H.H., Kästle,W., Kabisch, K. 1996. Amphibians and Reptiles of North Africa. Koeltz, Koenigstein, 627 pp.
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  • Schlüter, U. 2009. Fransenfingereidechsen (Acanthodactylus) in der Natur und im Terrarium. Teil 4: Die Acanthodactylus-pardalis-Gruppe. Reptilia (Münster) 14 (76): 52-60 - get paper here
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