Gerrhosaurus bulsi LAURENT, 1954
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Gerrhosaurus bulsi?
|Higher Taxa||Gerrhosauridae (Gerrhosaurinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||G: Laurents Schildechse|
E: Laurent’s Plated Lizard
|Synonym||Gerrhosaurus auritus bulsi LAURENT 1954: 64|
Gerrhosaurus bulsi — LAURENT 1964
Gerrhosaurus bulsi — HAAGNER et al. 2000
Gerrhosaurus bulsi — BROADLEY & COTTERILL 2004
Gerrhosaurus bulsi — BATES et al. 2013
|Distribution||Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire: Katanga), Zambia, Angola|
Type locality: Dundo, Angola.
|Types||Holotype: MD = Museu Dundo, Angola|
|Comment||“Broadley (1960) described Gerrhosaurus nigrolineatus anselli from Mwinilunga, Boma, currently regarded as a synonym of G. bulsi or G. multilineatus. Later, Broadley (1971) referred the Ikelenge population to G. multilineatus, regarding his subspecies as a synonym of the latter. Haagner et al. (2000) recognized the Ikelenge population as G. bulsi referring to Broadley (in lit.) who mentioned that G. multilineatus is based on a hybrid type specimen and the name is therefore not available. However, according to article 17.2 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN 1999) such a name is still valid, even if the type is a hybrid specimen. Also following Adolphs (2006) bulsi is a valid species and multilineatus is doubtful. However, we recognized striking differences, especially in colouration, between bulsi and multilineatus and therefore we are regarding bulsi as a full species.” [P. Wagner, pers. comm. 27 Dec 2009]|
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