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Acanthodactylus boueti CHABANAUD, 1917

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Chabanaud's Fringe-fingered Lizard 
SynonymAcanthodactylus (Latastia) boueti CHABANAUD 1917: 87
Acanthodactylus boueti — SALVADOR 1982: 74
Acanthodactylus boueti— HARRIS & ARNOLD 2000
Acanthodactylus boueti — ULLENBRUCH et al. 2010 
DistributionN Ghana, N Benin and W Nigeria, Togo

Type locality: “Agouagou, Dahomey”  
TypesSyntypes: MNHN-RA 1917.0050-0052, MNHN-RA 1917.0054-0056, BMNH 1946.8.4.68 (formerly MNHN-RA 1917.0053 exchanged in 1917) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Small species belonging to the erythrurus group. Three rows of scales on fingers. Only third supraocular preserved while other three reduced to mere granules. Small, keeled dorsal scales. Very fragmented parietals. Conspicuous lanceolate concavity. Two scales between prefrontals as in savignyi. Unpectinate eyelids. Ear opening lacking anterior denticulation.
The upper and lower lips come together evenly. Two rows of granules between the supraoculars and the superciliaries. Distinguishable gular fold. Ventrals arranged in straight longitudinal and transverse rows, the longitudinal ones numbering eight. Small and slightly keeled scales on the upper surface of the tail. Low number of femoral pores. Almost inexistent pectination of fourth toe. Nasal scale not denticulate. Short toes (Salvador 1982: 74). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Georges Bouet (1869-1957), a physician and ornithologist who worked in Madagascar (1900-1904) and in French West Africa (1906-1930). 
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  • Chabanaud, P. 1917. Enumération des reptiles non encore étudiés de l'Afrique occidentale, appartenant aux collections du Muséum, avec la description des espèces nouvelles. Bull. Mus. nat. Hist. nat. Paris 23: 83-105. - get paper here
  • Kirchhof, S., Lyra, M.L., Rodríguez, A. et al. 2021. Mitogenome analyses elucidate the evolutionary relationships of a probable Eocene wet tropics relic in the xerophile lizard genus Acanthodactylus. Sci Rep 11, 4858 (2021) - 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
  • Segniagbeto, Gabriel Hoinsoude; Jean-François Trape, Komlan M. Afiademanyo, Mark-Oliver Rödel, Annemarie Ohler, Alain Dubois, Patrick David, Danny Meirte, Isabelle Adolé Glitho, Fabio Petrozzi, and Luca Luiselli 2015. Checklist of the lizards of Togo (West Africa), with comments on systematics, distribution, ecology, and conservation. Zoosystema 37 (2): 381-402 - get paper here
  • Trape, J.F.; Trape, S. & Chirio, L. 2012. Lézards, crocodiles et tortues d'Afrique occidentale et du Sahara. IRD Orstom, 503 pp. - get paper here
  • Ullenbruch, K.; Grell, O.; Böhme, W. 2010. Reptiles from southern Benin, West Africa, with the description of a new Hemidactylus (Gekkonidae), and a country-wide checklist. Bonn Zool. Bull. 57 (1): 31-54 - 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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