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Congolacerta asukului GREENBAUM, VILLANUEVA, KUSAMBA, ARISTOTE & BRANCH, 2011

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesASUKULU’S GRASS LIZARD 
SynonymCongolacerta asukului GREENBAUM, VILLANUEVA, KUSAMBA, ARISTOTE & BRANCH 2011 
DistributionDemocratic 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.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: UTEP 20263 (field no. EBG 2025, Figs 3A, B, 4), an adult male. 
Comment 
EtymologyThe 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]. 
References
  • Greenbaum, E. 2017. Emerald Labyrinth. ForeEdge / University Press of New England, xviii + 329 pp. [published in 2017 but book says 2018] - get paper here
  • GREENBAUM, ELI; CESAR O. VILLANUEVA, CHIFUNDERA KUSAMBA, MWENEBATU M. ARISTOTE and WILLIAM R. BRANCH 2011. A molecular phylogeny of Equatorial African Lacertidae, with the description of a new genus and species from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 163: 913–942
 
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