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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesSawtail Lizard 
SynonymHolaspis guentheri GRAY 1863: 152
Holaspis guentheri GRAY 1864: 103
Holaspis guentheri — SCHMIDT 1919: 515
Holaspis guentheri — ARNOLD 1989
Holaspis guentheri — CHIRIO & INEICH 2006 
DistributionSierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, C/S Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Central African Republic, Uganda, Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Ivory Coast, Benin, Togo

Type locality: unknown (fide LOVERIDGE 1936) 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: BMNH 1946.8.7.31 
CommentHolaspis guentheri laevis has been elevated to species status. Distribution not corrected for elevation of laevis to species status. The photos listed below may actually be H. laevis (M. Kroniger, pers. comm.).

Type species: Holaspis guentheri GRAY 1863: 152 is the type species of the genus Holaspis GRAY 1863. 
EtymologyNamed after Albert Günther (1830-1914), German-born zoologist at the British Museum. 
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  • Chirio, Laurent and Ivan Ineich 2006. Biogeography of the reptiles of the Central African Republic. African Journal of Herpetology 55(1):23-59. - get paper here
  • Gray,J.E. 1863. Descriptions of two new genera of lizards (Holaspis and Poriodogaster, A. SMITH, MS.). Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1863: 152-155 - get paper here
  • Gray,J.E. 1864. Description of two new genera of lizards (Holaspis and Poriodogaster, A. Smith, MS). Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (3) 13: 101-104 - get paper here
  • Herrmann, H.-J. 1986. Schweben und Gleiten bei Amphibien und Reptilien. Sauria 8 (1): 13-17 - get paper here
  • KRONIGER, M. 1998. Protokoll einer Paarung bei Holaspis guentheri laevis WERNER, 1895. Die Eidechse 9 (1): 41-42 - get paper here
  • KRONIGER, M. 1998. Haltung und nachzucht von Holaspis guentheri laevis WERNER, 1895. Die Eidechse 9 (3): 82-90 - get paper here
  • Kroniger, M. & in den Bosch, H.A.J. 2001. Biological data on Holaspis guentheri laevis Werner, 1895 obtained from vivarium keeping. Podarcis 2 (3): 72-80
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