Latastia caeruleopunctata PARKER, 1935
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|Higher Taxa||Lacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Parker’s Long-tailed Lizard|
|Synonym||Latastia caeruleopunctata PARKER 1935: 527|
Latastia ventralis WERNER 1917 ? (fide PARKER 1942)
Latastia longicaudata caeruleopunctata — PARKER 1942
Latastia carinata caeruleopunctata — LANZA 1983
Latastia caeruleopunctata — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2006: 60
Latastia caeruleopunctata — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 353
Latastia caeruleopunctata — SPAWLS et al 2018: 194
|Distribution||E Ethiopia (Ogaden region), NE Kenya|
Type locality: Haud region at 08°37’N 45°09’E, 3050 feet, Ethiopia-Somali border. Other localities: “Berbera (Boulenger, 1921, p. 32), from the Danakil depression near Zeila, and from near Jaldessa (Tornier, 1905 and Neumann, 1905)” [from PARKER 1935].
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 1922.214.171.124/19126.96.36.199|
|Comment||Synonymy: PARKER 1942 speculated that “Latastia ventralis, based on a single specimen obtained by Hildebrandt, who also collected the type of carinata, is possibly a synonym” of L. carinata.|
Arillo et al. (1967) examined the holotype of Latastia carinata (Peters 1874), described from Baraawe in southern Somalia, and found it to have a colour pattern “extremely similar” to that of L. caeruleopunctata; these taxa apparently differing only in the size and number of dorsal scales. Parker (1935) reported 55-70 mid- body scale rows in the type series of caeruleopunctata, while arillo et al. observed 51 rows in the holotype of carinata and concluded that the separation of these taxa appeared somewhat dubious. Nevertheless, lanza (1990) listed L. carinata from coastal regions of southern Somalia, while recognising L. caeruleopunctata as a distinct species occuring further north. On this evidence, material from Djildessa, reported as L. carinata by Neumann (1905) and Tornier (1905), seems most likely to represent L. caeruleopunctata [from LARGEN & SPAWLS 2006].
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