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Gastropholis prasina WERNER, 1904

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesGreen keel-bellied lizard 
SynonymGastropholis prasina WERNER 1904: 462
Bedriagaia moreaui LOVERIDGE 1936 (fide BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991)
Gastropholis prasina — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 17
Gastropholis prasina — SPAWLS & ROTICH 1997
Gastropholis prasina — SPAWLS et al. 2002: 161 
DistributionNE Tanzania (Tanga, Amani, Kiono Forest), SE Kenya

Type locality: “Deutsch-Ostafrika”, probably Tanga, Tanzania.
Type locality: Amani, Usambara Mts. Tanzania [Bedriagaia moreaui] Map legend:
TDWG region - 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.
TypesHolotype: ZMB 18087, MCZ R-39799 
CommentBOULENGER (1921) gave the type locality as “Usambara”. 
  • Boulenger,G.A. 1921. Monograph of the Lacertidae, vol. 2. British Museum (London), 451 pp. - get paper here
  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Loveridge,A. 1936. A new lacertid (Bedriagaia moreaui) from Tanganyika Territory. Proc. New England Zool. Club 15: 67-70
  • Rovero, F., Menegon, M., Fjeldså, J., Collett, L., Doggart, N., Leonard, C., Norton, G., Owen, N., Perkin, A., Spitale, D., Ahrends, A., Burgess, N. D. 2014. Targeted vertebrate surveys enhance the faunal importance and improve explanatory models within the Eastern Arc Mountains of Kenya and Tanzania. Diversity and Distributions. doi: 10.1111/ddi.12246 - get paper here
  • Spawls, S. & Rotich, D. 1997. An annotated checklist of the lizards of Kenya. J. East African Nat. Hist. 86: 61-83 - get paper here
  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147]
  • Werner,F. 1904. Beschreibung neuer Reptilien aus den Gattungen Acanthosaura, Calotes, Gastropholis und Typhlops. Zool. Anz. 27: 461-464 - get paper here
  • Zupanc, D & Tiergarten Schönbrunn 2015. Welterstnachzucht: kleine Eidechse als große Sensation. Reptilia (Münster) 20 (115): 11 - get paper here
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