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Gastropholis prasina WERNER, 1904

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Green keel-bellied lizard 
SynonymGastropholis prasina WERNER 1904: 462
Bedriagaia moreaui LOVERIDGE 1936 (fide BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991)
Bedriagaia moreavi — ARNOLD 1989 (in error)
Gastropholis prasina — ARNOLD 1989
Gastropholis prasina — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 17
Gastropholis prasina — SPAWLS & ROTICH 1997
Gastropholis prasina — SPAWLS et al. 2002: 161
Gastropholis prasina — SPAWLS et al 2018: 186 
DistributionNE Tanzania (Tanga, Amani, Kiono Forest), SE Kenya

Type locality: “Deutsch-Ostafrika”, probably Tanga, Tanzania.
Type locality: Amani, Usambara Mts. Tanzania [Bedriagaia moreaui]  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 18087, MCZ R-39799 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: for a table with diagnostic characters of G. vittata and G. prasina see Arnold 1989: 527. 
CommentDistribution: BOULENGER (1921) gave the type locality as “Usambara”.

Synonymy: Gastropholis prasina Werner, 1904 was synonymized with G. vittata Fischer, 1886 by Boulenger (1921) but examination of the types and other material of these two forms shows they are in fact perfectly distinct (Arnold 1989). 
EtymologyNamed after Greek “prasinos” = green. 
  • Arnold, E.N. 1989. Systematics and adaptive radiation of Equatorial African lizards assigned to the genera Adolfus, Bedriagaia, Gastropholis, Holaspis and Lacerta (Reptilia: Lacertidae) Journal of Natural History 23: 525-555 - get paper here
  • 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
  • LAUE, E. 2019. Haltung und Vermehrung von Gastropholis prasina WERNER, 1904. Die Eidechse 30 (2): 41-48 - get paper here
  • Loveridge,A. 1936. A new lacertid (Bedriagaia moreaui) from Tanganyika Territory. Proc. New England Zool. Club 15: 67-70
  • Malonza, Patrick K.; David M. Mulwa, Joash O. Nyamache, Georgina Jones 2017. Biogeography of the Shimba Hills ecosystem herpetofauna in Kenya. Zoological Research 38(5): 1-11 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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] - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • 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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