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Higher TaxaLacertidae (Gallotiinae), Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Canarian Spotted Lizard
Spanish: Lagarto canario moteado 
SynonymGallotia intermedia BARBADILLO et al. 1999
Gallotia intermedia — HERNÁNDEZ, NOGALES & MARTÍN 2000
Gallotia intermedia — BÖHME 2010
Gallotia intermedia — SCHÄBERLE & SCHÄBERLE 2019 
DistributionCanary Islands (Tenerife, Teno)

Type locality: “Risco de La Jaqueta in the Acantilado de Los Gigantes, elevation 25 m, (westernmost part of Tenerife) (28° 15' N, 16° 50' W)”.  
TypesHolotype: DZUL (given as Fundacion Neotropico, Tenerife, Spain (still alive fide Jaime A. de Urioste, pers. comm., 17 June 2017), DZUL = Departamento de ZoologÌa, Universidad de La Laguna; Paratypes in ZFMK (still to be received), DZUL, TFMC 
CommentBarbadillo et al. (1999) mentioned this species with a description in a field guide before it was “officially” described by Hernández et al. (2000). The Code (Art 16.1) obligates to indicate new species with "sp. nov." or similar, but only for names published after 1999. However, the Barbadillo guide is from 1999 (without any indication this being a new species) and hence in a “legal” grey zone (Oscar Arribas, pers. comm., 26 Jul 2016). Speybrock et al. 2020 considered HERNÁNDEZ et al. 2000 as the legitimate authors though. Neal Evenhuis considers Barbadillo et al. as authors (pers. comm. via Hinrich Kaiser, 2 Feb 2022). 
  • ALBALADEJO, G., A. MARTÍN, J. SÄMANN & B. PFAU 2015. Gallotia intermedia BARBADILLO, LACOMBA, PÉREZ-MELLADO, SANCHO & LÓPEZ -JURADO, 1999 - Die Rieseneidechse von Teneriffa. Die Eidechse 26 (2): 34-49. - get paper here
  • Barbadillo, L.J., J.I. Lacomba, V. Pêrez-Mellado, V. Sancho & L.F. López-Jurado 1999. Anfibios y Reptiles de la Peninsula Ibérica, Baleares y Canarias. Barcelona (Editorial Planeta), 419 pp.
  • Bischoff, W. & Bannert, B. 2002. Gemeinsame Antrengungen für die Rieseneidechsen der Kanarischen Inseln. Elaphe 10 (2): 64-67
  • Cox, Siobhan C.; Salvador Carranza, Richard P. Brown 2010. Divergence times and colonization of the Canary Islands by Gallotia lizards. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56 (2): 747-757 [corrigendum in 56: 1136] - get paper here
  • DEEMING, D.C. 2022. Inter‐relationships among body mass, body dimensions, jaw musculature and bite force in reptiles. Journal of Zoology jzo.12981. - get paper here
  • Hernández, E., N. Nogales & A. Martín 2000. Discovery of a new lizard in the Canary Islands, with a multivariant analysis of Gallotia (Reptilia: Lacertidae). Herpetologica 56 (1): 63-76 - get paper here
  • Rodríguez, Miguel Angel 2002. Das Neueste über die kanarischen Rieseneidechsen. Die Eidechse 13 (1) - get paper here
  • SACHA, M. 2017. Die Gattung Gallotia auf Teneriffa. Sauria 39 (4): 25-34 - get paper here
  • Schäberle, C. & Schäberle, A. 2019. Kanareneidechsen. Elaphe 2019 (3): 14-21
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • Troidl, S. & Troidl, A. 2014. Herpetologische Fotoreisen nach Teneriffa mit besonderer Betrachtung von Gallotia intermedia. L@CERTIDAE (Eidechsen Online) [7]: 101-131
  • Urioste, Jaime de; Maria José Bethencourt & Beate Pfau 2023. Die Fundación Neotrópico auf Teneriffa: eine sehr spezielle Auffangstation. Elaphe 2023 (2): 72-83
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