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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Johnston’s long-tailed lizard, Nyasaland Long-tailed lizard 
SynonymLatastia johnstonii BOULENGER 1907: 392
Latastia kidwelli BOULENGER 1919: 39 (fide LOVERIDGE 1957: 231)
Latastia bredoi DE WITTE 1942: 1 (fide LOVERIDGE 1957: 231)
Latastia bredoi — WITTE & LAURENT 1942: 172
Latastia bredoi — DE WITTE 1953: 85
Latastia johnstoni — LOVERIDGE 1955: 176
Latastia johnstoni — LOVERIDGE 1957: 7
Latastia johnstonii — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 18
Latastia johnstonii — BROADLEY 1998
Latastia johnstoni — SPAWLS et al. 2001
Latastia johnstoni — BRANCH et al. 2005
Latastia johnstonii — SPAWLS et al 2018: 195 
DistributionCentral Tanzania, Malawi, E? S Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire; west to the Shaba Province), N Zambia, N Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Kenya ?

Type locality: Masuku and Nyika Plateau, Malawi.

kidwelli: Type locality: Eldorado, Southern Rhodesia.

bredoi: Type locality: Musosa, Tanganyika District, Belgian Congo  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.9.2.93 (and possibly additional specimens). 
CommentDistribution: Reports from Kenya are based on a single specimen from Rabai, near Mombasa (SPAWLS & ROTICH 1997). 
EtymologyNamed after Sir Harry Hamilton Johnston (1858-1927), a formidable explorer, colonial administrator, painter, photographer, cartographer, naturalist, writer, and Queen Victoria's first Commissioner and Consul-General to British Central Africa. He discovered ~100 new species (Beolens et al. 2011). 
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  • Boulenger, George A. 1919. On a new lizard of the genus Latastia from southern Rhodesia. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa 8 (1): 39-40
  • Boulenger,G.A. 1907. Descriptions of two new African lizards of the genus Latastia [L. johnstonii , L. burii]. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (7) 19: 392-394 - get paper here
  • Branch, W.R.; Rödel, M.-O. & Marais, J. 2005. Herpetological survey of the Niassa Game Reserve, northern Mozambique - Part I: Reptiles. Salamandra 41 (4): 195-214 - 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
  • Buruwate, T. C., & Lloyd-Jones, D. J. 2024. Amphibian and Reptile Diversity of Niassa Special Reserve, Northern Mozambique. Journal of East African Natural History, 113(1), 1-18 - get paper here
  • Haagner,G.V.; Branch,W.R. & Haagner,A.J.F. 2000. Notes on a collection of reptiles from Zambia and adjacent areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Annals of the Eastern Cape Museum 1: 1 – 25
  • Loveridge, A. 1920. Notes on East African lizards collected 1915-1919, with description of a new genus and species of skink and new subspecies of gecko. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1920: 131-167 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1923. Notes on East African lizards collected 1920-1923 with the description of two new races of Agama lionotus Blgr. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1923: 935-969 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1955. On a second collection of reptiles and amphibians taken in Tanganyika Territory by C. J. P. lonides,. Journ. E. Africa Nat. Hist. Soc. 22: 169-198
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  • Loveridge, A. 1957. On a third collection of reptiles taken in Tanganyika by C.J.P. Ionides, Esq. Tanganyika Notes and Records 43: 1-19
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  • Spawls, S. & Rotich, D. 1997. An annotated checklist of the lizards of Kenya. J. East African Nat. Hist. 86: 61-83
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  • Sternfeld, R. 1911. Zur Herpetologie Südostafrikas. Mitteilung aus dem Zoologischen Museum in Berlin, 5: 413-420. - get paper here
  • Witte, G. F. de 1942. Description d’un Lacertidae nouveau dy Congo Belge (Latastia bredoi sp. nov.). Bull. Mus. Royal Hist. Nat. Belgique, 18 (41): 1-4
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  • WITTE, G.-F. DE & R.F. LAURENT 1942. Liste des Lacertidae du Congo Belge et description d’une espèce nouvelle. Revue de Zoologie et de Botanique Africaines, Bruxelles, 36 (2): 165-180 - get paper here
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