Congolacerta asukului GREENBAUM, VILLANUEVA, KUSAMBA, ARISTOTE & BRANCH, 2011
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Congolacerta asukului?
|Higher Taxa||Lacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||ASUKULU’S GRASS LIZARD|
|Synonym||Congolacerta asukului GREENBAUM, VILLANUEVA, KUSAMBA, ARISTOTE & BRANCH 2011|
|Distribution||Democratic Republic of Congo (South Kivu)|
Type locality: footpath south of Rurambo village, Itombwe Plateau, South Kivu Province (SKP), DRC (2°59′39′′S, 28°52′34′′E, 2876 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: UTEP 20263 (field no. EBG 2025, Figs 3A, B, 4), an adult male.|
|Etymology||The new species is named in honour of Itombwe native Asukulu M’Mema, an aspiring zoologist and conservationist who was our colleague and guide through the Itombwe Plateau in 2008 and 2009, when all the known specimens of C. asukului were collected. Asukulu was killed during his investigation into the killing of a gorilla on 22 August 2009 in Mulombozi village (on the route between Miki and Mwenga) in the western slopes of the Itombwe Plateau. For his service to conservation in Africa, he was posthumously honoured with the Medail de Bravoure from the Alexander Abraham Foundation in 2010 [from GREENBAUM et al. 2011].|