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Latastia ornata MONARD, 1940

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLatastia ornata MONARD 1940: 158
Latastia ornata — TRAPE, CHIRIO & TRAPE 2012
Latastia ornata — PAUWELS et al. 2023 
DistributionGuinea-Bissau, Guinea (Conakry)

Type locality: “Bafatà”, Guinea-Bissau  
TypesHolotype: LCFM (also as MHNCF) 608; other specimens in RBINS 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: “Based on males only (females unknown). A medium-sized lizard (Svl to 76 mm), with a rounded snout, slender body, well-developed limbs and a long tail (about 2.5 times Svl). Nostril opening in contact with 1st supralabial. Five (sometimes four) anterior supralabials. Occipital plate present. Mediodorsal scales not enlarged compared to other dorsals. Gular collar present and distinct. DSr 67–70 at midbody. Six longitudinal rows of smooth ventral scales. Femoral pores in a continuous row of 17–20 on each side. Toes without lateral denticulate fringes. Maxillary teeth <20, frontal caudally twice wider than its anterior end’s width, width of the anterior process of the jugal being only twice that of the posterodorsal process of the same. Dorsum black with four continuous white lines anteriorly, turning posteriorly to reddish-brown. Throat and belly white. Tail reddish-brown.” (Pauwels et al. 2023) 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017) and 5 other specimens from Guinea (Conakry) (Pauwels et al. 2023). 
EtymologyThe Latin ornata, -us, = decorated" or "ornamented," refers to the ornate coloration. 
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Monard, ALBERT 1940. Résultats de la mission du Dr. Monard en Guinée Portugaise 1937 – 1938. Arq. Mus. Bocage, Lisbon 11: 147-182
  • Trape, J.F.; Trape, S. & Chirio, L. 2012. Lézards, crocodiles et tortues d'Afrique occidentale et du Sahara. IRD Orstom, 503 pp. - get paper here
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