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Acanthodactylus savignyi (AUDOUIN, 1827)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Savigny's Fringe-fingered Lizard 
SynonymLacerta savignyi AUDOUIN 1827: 118
Lacerta Savignyi — MILNE-EDWARDS 1829: 85
Acanthodactylus Savignyi — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 273
Acanthodactylus Savignyi — VAILLANT 1882
Acanthodactylus vaillanti LATASTE 1885: 509
Acanthodactylus savignyi — BOULENGER 1887
Acanthodactylus savignyi var. oranensis DOUMERGUE 1901: 175
Acanthodactylus savignyi — BOULENGER 1918
Acanthodactylus savignyi — SALVADOR 1982: 66
Acanthodactylus savignyi — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 386
Acanthodactylus savignyi— HARRIS & ARNOLD 2000
Acanthodactylus savignyi — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionCoastal regions in N Algeria

Type locality: Egypte  
TypesHolotype: unlocated (SALVADOR 1982: 66)
Holotype: MNHN-RA 6484 [vaillanti] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Small species. Head more slender and pointed than in A. erythrurus. Frontonasal concavity is more accentuated than in A. bland or A. erythrurus. Divided frontonasal. Two scales between the prefrontals. Supraocular region with extense granular area. Two rows of granules between the supraoculars and the superciliaries. Scarce auricular denticulation. Distinguishable gular fold. Fourth toe more pectinate than in erythrurus or bland. Sharply keeled dorsal scales. Color pattern consisting of dark narrow bands on each side of the back. Lightly pectinate eyelids. Three rows of scales on the fingers (Salvador 1982: 66). 
EtymologyNamed after Marie Jules César Lelorgne de Savigny (1778-1851), who accompanied Napoleon Bonaparte on his expedition to Egypt and created a system of annelid worms. 
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  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boettger, O. [as O. Böttger] 1880. Die Reptilien und Amphibien von Syrien, Palaestina und Cypern. Ber. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., Frankfurt/M., 1879-1880: 132-219 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575 pp. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1878. Sur les espèces d'Acanthodactylus des bords de la Mediterranée. Bull. Soc. zool. France 3: 179-197 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1918. Sur les lézards du genre Acanthodactylus Wieg. Bull. Soc. zool. France 43: 143-155. - 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
  • Duméril, A. M. C. and G. Bibron. 1839. Erpétologie Générale on Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles. Vol. 5. Roret/Fain et Thunot, Paris, 871 pp. - 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
  • Milne-Edwards, M.H. 1829. Recherches zoologiques pour servir à l'histoire des lézards, extraites d'une monographie de ce genre. Ann. Sci. Nat. Paris 16: 50-89 - 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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  • 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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