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Acanthodactylus beershebensis MORAVEC, EL DIN, SELIGMANN, SIVAN & WERNER, 1999

IUCN Red List - Acanthodactylus beershebensis - Critically Endangered, CR

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymAcanthodactylus beershebensis MORAVEC, EL DIN, SELIGMANN, SIVAN & WERNER 1999
Acanthodactylus beershebensis — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Acanthodactylus beershebensis — MEIRI et al. 2019 
DistributionIsrael (Be'er Sheva, Nahal Yattir)

Type locality: Be’er Sheva, subdistrict , 5 km E of ‘Omer-Hebron-’ Arad crossroads (Israel Grid 14350770), i.e. around the Nahal Yattir crossing of the Zomet Shoqet - ‘Arad road, Israel.  
TypesHolotype: HUJ R 7621, male; paratypes: NMP6V, MZUF, more paratypes (n= 247) at HUJ 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: An Acanthodactylus with three series of scales around the fingers and toes, which are not pectinate; usually four (otherwise three) complete supraoculars; subocular bordering the mouth or not; dorsal scales small, 50-70 across midbody; ventral plates in 10-14, mode 12, straight longitudinal series; lateral clavula of hemipenis has two branches, lateral branch at least 130% the length of median branch; 24-26 presacral vertebrae in males, 24-27 in females. (Moravec et al. 1999) 
CommentDistribution: see Bar et al. 2021 for a map. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Bar, A., Haimovitch, G. and Meiri, S. 2021. Field guide to the amphibians and reptiles of Israel. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt Am Main. ISBN 9783-89973-120-0 - get paper here
  • Bar, Aviad and Guy Haimovitch 2012. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Israel. Pazbar LTD, 246 pp. - get paper here
  • Goldberg, Stephen R. 2014. Reproduction in the Beerr Sheva fringe-fingered lizard, Acanthodactylus beershebensis (Squamata: Lacertidae) from Israel. Herpetological Bulletin (128) - get paper here
  • Hawlena, Dror; Rami Boochnik, Zvika Abramsky, Amos Bouskila 2006. Blue tail and striped body: why do lizards change their infant costume when growing up? Behavioral Ecology 17 (6): 889–896 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Amos Belmaker, Daniel Berkowic, Kesem Kazes, Erez Maza, Guy Bar-Oz and Roi Dor 2019. A checklist of Israeli land vertebrates. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution - get paper here
  • Moravec, J., S. B. EL DIN, H. SELIGMANN, N. SIVAN & Y. L. WERNER 1999. Systematics and distribution of the Acanthodactylus pardalis group (Lacertidae) in Egypt and Israel. Zoology in the Middle East 17: 21-50 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • Werner, Y. L. 2004. A new species of the Acanthodactylus pardalis group (Reptilia: Lacertidae) from Jordan. Zoology in the Middle East 32: 39–46 - get paper here
  • Zhang, Gan; Venkata Jayasurya Yallapragada, Topaz Halperin, and Benjamin A. Palmer 2023. Lizards exploit the changing optics of developing chromatophore cells to switch defensive colors during ontogeny. PNAS 120 (18) e2215193120 - get paper here
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