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Adolfus masavaensis WAGNER, GREENBAUM & BRANCH, 2014

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesWestern alpine meadow lizard 
SynonymAdolfus masavaensis WAGNER, GREENBAUM & BRANCH 2014
Adolfus masavaensis — SPAWLS et al 2018: 184 
DistributionKenya (Mount Elgon)

Type locality: Mount Elgon, Kenya, near Koitobos Guest House [coordinates approximately: 1.040983, 34.783645], 3372 m elevation.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 75001, adult female; paratypes: CAS, FMNH, MCZ, ANSP 
Comment 
EtymologyThe English name of ‘Mount Elgon’ refers to the indigenous tribe of the Elgonyi who live on the southern slopes of the mountain. ‘Masava’ is the local name for Mount Elgon used by the tribes on the Ugandan side of the mountain, and is used to form the species name for the taxon described herein. 
References
  • Kwet, Axel 2015. Liste der im Jahr 2014 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2015 (3): 50-64 - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • Wagner, P., E. Greenbaum, P. Malonza & B. Branch 2014. Resolving sky island speciation in populations of East African Adolfus alleni (Sauria, Lacertidae). Salamandra 50 (1): 1-17 - get paper here
 
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