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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. 
CommentBOULENGER (1921) gave the type locality as “Usambara”. 
  • 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
  • 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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