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Acanthodactylus taghitensis GENIEZ & FOUCART, 1995

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymAcanthodactylus taghitensis GENIEZ & FOUCART 1995
Acanthodactylus taghitensis — CROCHET et al. 2003
Acanthodactylus taghitensis — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionW Algeria, Mauritania (near Fderik), Western Sahara

Type locality: “36 km au sudsud-ouest de Taghit (30°41’ N, 2°07’ W), région de Beni Abbès, Algérie’ (= 36 km SSW of Taghit, Beni Abbès area, Algeria).  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1995.1201 (by original designation and monotypy) 
CommentThis species is only known from three adult females and three adult males (including the specimens reported by DONAIRE et al., 2000, CROCHET et al. 2003).

Distribution: Not in Morocco but found close to the border, hence possibly in Morroco too (Martínez et al. 2019, and pers. comm. 18 Jan 2021). 
EtymologyNamed after its type locality. 
  • Crochet, P.A.; Geniez, P. & Ineich, I. 2003. A multivariate analysis of the fringe-toed lizards of the Acanthodactylus scutellatus group (Squamata: Lacertidae): systematic and biogeographical implications. Zool. J. Linnean Soc.137: 117–155 - get paper here
  • Geniez, P. & A. Foucart 1995. Un nouvel acanthodactyle en Algerie: Acanthodactylus taghitensis n. sp. (Reptilia, Sauria, Lacertidae). Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. (Sec. A Zool. Biol. Ecol. Anim.) 17 (1-2): 3-9.
  • Geniez, P.; Mateo, J.A.; Geniez, M. & Pether, J. 2004. The amphibians and reptiles of the Western Sahara (former Spanish Sahara) and adjacent regions. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 228 pp. [reviewed in Reptilia GB 44: 81]
  • GENIEZ, PH. & LLUCH, P. 2004. New data on fringe-toed lizards of the Acanthodactylus scutellatus group in Mauritania [Short Note]. Herpetozoa 17: - get paper here
  • Liz, A. V., Rödder, D., Gonçalves, D. V., Velo‐Antón, G., Tarroso, P., Geniez, P., ... & Brito, J. C. 2022. Overlooked species diversity in the hyper‐arid Sahara Desert unveiled by dryland‐adapted lizards. Journal of Biogeography - get paper here
  • Padial, J. M. 2006. COMMENTED DISTRIBUTIONAL LIST OF THE REPTILES OF MAURITANIA (WEST AFRICA). Graellsia, 62(2): 159-178 - get paper here
  • Schlüter, U. 2010. Fransenfingereidechsen (Acanthodactylus) in der Natur und im Terrarium. Teil 5a: Die Acanthodactylus-scutellatus-Gruppe. Reptilia (Münster) 15 (83): 40-45 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - 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
  • Velo-Antón, G., Henrique, M., Liz, A.V. et al. 2022. DNA barcode reference library for the West Sahara-Sahel reptiles. Scientific Data 9(1): 459. - get paper here
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