Latastia petersiana (MERTENS, 1938)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Latastia petersiana?
|Higher Taxa||Lacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Peters' Longtail Lizard|
|Synonym||Lacerta carinata PETERS 1874: 368|
Latastia petersiana MERTENS 1938 (nom. nov.)
Latastia carinata — PARKER 1942: 69
Latastia carinata — ARILLO et al. 1967: 135
Latastia carinata — BAUER et al. 1995: 58
Latastica [sic] carinata — BAUER & GÜNTHER 1995
Latastia petersiana — BISCHOFF 1998
Type locality: “Barawa” [= Brava, Somalia].
|Types||Holotype: ZMB 8028|
|Comment||Distribution: L. carinata does not occur in Ethiopia or Eritrea according to LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010.|
Latastia petersiana is a nomen novum pro Lacerta carinata PETERS 1874 which is preoccupied by Lacerta carinata SCHINZ 1833 (fide MERTENS 1938).
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].
Subspecies: Latastia carinata caeruleopunctata PARKER 1935 is now considered as a valid species.
|Etymology||Named after Wilhelm Peters (1815-1883), German herpetologist, who originally described this species as Lacerta carinata.|