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Latastia caeruleopunctata PARKER, 1935

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Parker’s Long-tailed Lizard 
SynonymLatastia 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 
DistributionE 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].  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1936.6.12.3/1946.9.2.77 
CommentSynonymy: 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]. 
  • Arillo, BALLETTO & SPANO 1967. Il genere Latastia Bedriaga in Somalia. Boll. Musei Ist. Biol. Univ. Genova 35: 105-145
  • Bauer, A.M.; Günther,R. & Klipfel,M. 1995. The herpetological contributions of Wilhelm C.H. Peters (1815-1883). SSAR Facsimile Reprints in Herpetology, 714 pp.
  • Bauer, Aaron M.;Günther, Rainer 1995. An annotated type catalogue of the lacertids (Reptilia: Lacertidae) in the Zoological Museum, Berlin. Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin 71 (1): 37-62 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, George Albert 1896. Report on Capt. Bottego's second collection of reptiles and batrachians from Somaliland. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova Serie 2, 17: 15-23, 1 plate - get paper here
  • Lanza, B. 1983. A list of the Somali amphibians and reptiles. MONITORE ZOOLOGICO ITALIANO, new Ser., SUPPL. 18 (8): 193-247 - get paper here
  • Lanza, B. 1990. Amphibians and reptiles of the Somali Democratic Republic: check list and biogeography. Biogeographia, 14: 407-465 [1988] - get paper here
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2006. Lizards of Ethiopia (Reptilia Sauria): an annotated checklist, bibliography, gazetteer and identification. Tropical Zoology 19 (1): 21-109 - get paper here
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 694 pp.
  • Mazuch, Tomáš 2013. Amphibians and Reptiles of Somaliland and Eastern Ethiopia. Tomáš Mazuch Publishing, 80 pp. ISBN: 978-80-905439-0-4 - get paper here
  • Neumann, Oscar Rudolph 1905. Über nordost-afrikanische und arabische Kriechtiere. Zool. Jahrb. Syst., 22: 389-404. - get paper here
  • Parker, HAMPTON WILDMAN 1935. Two new lizards from Somaliland. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (10) 16: 525 - get paper here
  • Peters, Wilhem Carl Hartwig 1874. Über einige neue Reptilien (Lacerta, Eremias, Diploglossus, Euprepes, Lygosoma, Sepsina, Ablepharus, Simotes, Onychocephalus). Monatsber. königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin. 1874 (Juni): 368-377 - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • Stephen Spawls; Tomáš Mazuch& Abubakr Mohammad 2023. Handbook of Amphibians and Reptiles of North-east Africa. Bloomsbury, 640 pp. - get paper here
  • Werner, F. 1917. Über einige neue Reptilien und einen neuen Frosch des Zoologischen Museums in Hamburg. Mitt. Zool. Mus. Hamburg, 2. Beiheft zum Jahrbuch der Hamburgischen Wissenschaftlichen Anstalten 34: 31-36. - get paper here
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