Anguis veronensis POLLINI, 1818
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Anguis veronensis?
|Higher Taxa||Anguidae (Anguinae), Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Italian Slow Worm|
G: Italienische Blindschleiche
|Synonym||Anguis veronensis POLLINI 1818|
Anguis cinereus RISSO 1826
Anguis bicolor RISSO 1826
Anguis cinerea — GVOŽDIK et al. 2013
Anguis veronensis — GVOŽDIK et al. 2013
|Distribution||Italy, SE France|
Type locality: ‘‘Caldiero e la Ruota” (fide GVOŽDIK et al. 2013)
Type locality: “Nizza” [= Nice], France, restricted by Mertens and Wermuth (1960) [cinereus] Map legend:
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Comment||Taxonomy: GVOŽDÍK et al. 2013 resurrected A. cinerea in a paper published online. After discovering that there is an older available name, they corrected the online paper to A. veronensis. However, while these clades are clearly different genetically, they are not diagnosable morphologically. Gvoždík et al. (2013) suggested to distinguish 5 genetic species of Anguis: graeca, colchica, fragilis, cinerea, and cephallonica. A detailed morphological analysis of the entire genus is under preparation (Benkovsky ́ et al., in preparation).|
Distribution: see map in Gvoždík et al. (2013) and Jablonski et al. 2016: 3 (Fig. 1).
|Etymology||from Latin “cinereus” = “ash-grey”. Note, that the color is not typical for this form as other species such as A. fragilis can be colored very similarly.|