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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Peters' Longtail Lizard 
SynonymLacerta carinata PETERS 1874: 368
Latastia petersiana MERTENS 1938 (nom. nov.)
Latastia carinata — PARKER 1942: 69
Latastia carinata — ARILLO et al. 1967: 135
Latastia carinata — LANZA 1990
Latastia carinata — BAUER et al. 1995: 58
Latastica [sic] carinata — BAUER & GÜNTHER 1995
Latastia petersiana — BISCHOFF 1998 

Type locality: “Barawa” [= Brava, Somalia].  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 8028 
CommentDistribution: 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. 
EtymologyNamed after Wilhelm Peters (1815-1883), German herpetologist, who originally described this species as Lacerta carinata. 
  • 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
  • Bischoff, W. 1998. Übersicht der Arten und Unterarten der Familie Lacertidae. 5. Nachtrag. Die Eidechse 9 (3): 91-99. - 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
  • Kroniger, M. & Zawadzki, M. 2005. Eidechsen im Terrarium. Draco 5 (21): 28-37 - 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.
  • Mertens, R. 1938. Über eine herpetologische Sammlung aus dem Gebiete des Njarasa-Grabens Ost-Afrikas. Veröffentlichungen aus dem Deutschen Kolonial- und Übersee-Museum in Bremen 2 (1): 1-9 [no page numbers]
  • 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, Stephen; Tomáš Mazuch& Abubakr Mohammad 2023. Handbook of Amphibians and Reptiles of North-east Africa. Bloomsbury, 640 pp. - get paper here
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