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Algyroides moreoticus BIBRON & BORY, 1833

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Greek Keeled Lizard
G: Peloponnesische Kieleidechse, Ionische Kieleidechse 
SynonymAlgyroides moreoticus BIBRON & BORY 1833: 67
Algiroides [sic] moreoticus — WERNER 1895: 104
Algiroides moreoticus — BOULENGER 1920: 342
Algyroides moreoticus — BISCHOFF & BISCHOFF 1980
Algyroides moreoticus — ENGELMANN et al 1993
Algyroides moreoticus — BISCHOFF 2007
Algyroides moreoticus — SPEYBROECK et al. 2020 
DistributionGreece (Peloponnese, southern Ionian Islands Kefallinâa, Ithaki, Z∏kinthos)

Type locality: “Koubeh”, Peloponnese  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.9.3.12 (and possibly additional specimens). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus): Unique among Lacertini in its very large dorsal body scales with oblique keels and a distinctive microornamentation of raised cell borders and pustules: also exceptional in sulcal lips on hemipenial lobes being very small. Other features found only in a minority of other Lacertini include: often small body size, usual number of presacral vertebrae 25–26 in males, and sombre dorsal colouring. Other more widely distributed features include: head and body depressed or not, supraocular osteoderms fenestrated in adults of some species, 7–9 premaxillary teeth in adults, inscriptional ribs sometimes present, tails of hatchlings not brightly coloured, hemipenial microornamentation of crown-shaped tubercles or hook-shaped spines (from Arnold et al. 2007: 34). 
CommentType species: Algyroides moreoticus is the type species of the genus Algyroides BIBRON & BORY DE SAINT-VINCENT 1833. 
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  • Bibron & Bory de Saint-Vincent 1833. Vertébrés a sang froid. Reptiles et poissons. Reptiles. In: Geoffroy & Geoffroy, Expédition Scientifique de Morée, Tome III. 1re partie, Zoologie: pp. 57- - get paper here
  • Bischoff, W. 1981. Algyroides moreoticus - Ionische Kieleidechse. Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft, Wiesbaden, pp. 410-417
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  • Bischoff, W. 2007. Auf der Suche nach Gebirgseidechsen in drei Erdteilen. Draco 7 (27): 54-73 - get paper here
  • Bischoff, W. & Bischoff, U. 1980. Einige Bemerkungen zur Herpetofauna des Peloponnes. Herpetofauna 2 (4): 17-22 - get paper here
  • BOSCH, H. A. J. IN DEN 2000. Bemerkenswertes Sexualabwehrverhalten eines Weibchens von Alygroides moreoticus BIBRON & BORY, 1833. Die Eidechse 11 (1): 1-4 - get paper here
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