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Acanthodactylus blanci DOUMERGUE, 1901

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: White Fringe-fingered Lizard 
SynonymAcanthodactylus blanci DOUMERGUE 1901
Acanthodactylus savignyi blanci — DOUMERGUE 1901
Acanthodactylus blanci — SALVADOR 1982: 69
Acanthodactylus blanci — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 382
Acanthodactylus blanci— HARRIS & ARNOLD 2000
Acanthodactylus blanci — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionCoastal regions of northern and E Tunisia, adjacent NE Algeria.

Type locality: Hammam-El-Lif, près de Tunis”  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.9.3.3-5. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Large species, much larger than either erythrurus or savignyi. Head not as slender or pointed as in savignyi but neither as robust as in erythrurus. Smaller lanceolate concavity than in either of the other two species. Undivided frontonasal. Absence of scales between the prefrontals. Only one row of granules between the supraoculars and the superciliaries. No auricular denticulation. No distinguishable gular fold. Fourth toe as equally pectinate as in ery'thrums but less so than in savignyi.
Sharply keeled dorsals. Blue tail in young as in savignyi. Eyelids without pectination. Three series of scales on fingers. Subocular not in contact with the upper lip (Salvador 1982: 70). 
EtymologyNamed after M. (”Monsieur” ?) Blanc who sent the first Tunisian specimens to Doumergue. 
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  • Chirio, L. & Blanc, Ch. P. 1997. Analyse de la distibution des reptiles dans la massif de l’Aurès (Algerie). Écologie (Paris) 28 (4): 281-292
  • 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
  • Escoriza, Daniel 2017. Patterns of alpha diversity among Tunisian lizards (Lacertidae). Journal of Arid Environments - get paper here
  • Fonseca, Miguel M.; José C. Brito, Octávio S. Paulo, Miguel A. Carretero, D. James Harris 2009. Systematic and phylogeographical assessment of the Acanthodactylus erythrurus group (Reptilia: Lacertidae) based on phylogenetic analyses of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 51 (2): 131-142 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Schlüter, U. 2000. Zur Kenntnis von Blancs Fransenfinger (Acanthodactylus blanci). Elaphe 8 (3): 70-72
  • Schlüter, U. 2002. Die Fransenfingereidechsen (Acanthodactylus) Nordafrikas. Draco 3 (2): 58-65 - get paper here
  • Schlüter, U. 2007. Fransenfingereidechsen (Acanthodactylus) in der Natur und im Terrarium. Teil 2: Gundlagen der Terrarienhaltung und Reproduktionsbiologie. Reptilia (Münster) 12 (67): 56-65 - get paper here
  • Schlüter, U. 2013. Fransenfingereidechsen (Acanthodactylus) in der Natur und im Terrarium. Teil 7: Die Acanthodactylus-erythrurus-Gruppe und Fazit. Reptilia (Münster) 18 (100): 82-90 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • van der Kuyl, Antoinette C.; Donato L. Ph. Ballasina, John T. Dekker, Jolanda Maas, Ronald E. Willemsen and Jaap Goudsmit 2002. Phylogenetic Relationships among the Species of the Genus Testudo (Testudines: Testudinidae) Inferred from Mitochondrial 12S rRNA Gene Sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 22: 174-183 - get paper here
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