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Mesalina bahaeldini SEGOLI, COHEN & WERNER, 2002

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesMesalina bahaeldini bahaeldini SEGOLI, COHEN & WERNER 2002
Mesalina bahaeldini curatorum WERNER & ASHKENAZI 2010 
Common Names 
SynonymMesalina bahaeldini SEGOLI, COHEN & WERNER 2002
Mesalina bahaeldini — BISCHOFF 2007
Mesalina bahaeldini — YOUSEFKHANI et al. 2015

Mesalina bahaeldini curatorum WERNER & ASHKENAZI 2010
Lacerta guttulata LICHTENSTEIN 1823 (part.) 
DistributionEgypt (southern Sinai peninsula)

Type locality: Near St. Catherine Monastery, Sinai, Egypt.

curatorum: Egypt; Type locality: Suez, Egypt.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: HUJ R 10712, Zool. Mus., Hebrew univ. Jerusalem
Holotype: ZMB 1122, male collected during 1820-1821 by the W. Hemprich and C.G. Ehrenberg expedition to the Near East [curatorum] 
CommentDistribution: see map in Sidnaco et al. 2018: 515 (Fig. 1). The endemic M. bahaeldini and the widespread M. guttulata are geographically sympatric but usually not syntopic. The former occurs only above 600-1000 m a.s.l., the latter at a wide range of altitudes but its occurrence at the same high altitudes is unclear (from the abstract of SEGOLI et al. 2002).

Types: The series of nine syntypes of Lacerta guttulata LICHTENSTEIN, 1823, in the Zoologisches Museum, Berlin, collected by HEMPRICH and EHRENBERG in Egypt and Nubia, is heterogeneous, only six fitting the description of the species. Therefore a lectotype is designated and the species redescribed (from the abstract of SEGOLI et al. 2002).

Subspecies: the status of M. b. curatorum remains unclear, given the uncertainty of the type locality of curatorum (in an area between the distribution range of M. guttulata and M. bahaeldini), the lack of clear morphological characters to sort out the taxonomy of this species complex, and the impossibility of including the holotype or paratypes in the molecular analyses of Sindaco et al. 2018. 
EtymologyNamed after Sherif M. Baha El Din (b. 1960), Egyptian zoologist. 
References
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  • Kapli, P., Lymberakis, P., Crochet, P.-A., Geniez, P., Brito, J. C., Almutairi, M., Ahmadzadeh, F., Schmitz, A., Wilms, T., Pouyani, N. R., Poulakakis, N. 2014. Historical biogeography of the lacertid lizard Mesalina in North Africa and the Middle East. Journal of Biogeography, doi: 10.1111/jbi.12420 - get paper here
  • Milto, Konstantin D. 2017. New Records of Reptiles on the Red Sea Coast, Egypt, with Notes on Zoogeography Russ. J. Herpetol. 24 (1): 11-21 - get paper here
  • Segoli, Michal; Cohen, Tzahala; Werner, Yehudah L. 2002. A new lizard of the genus Mesalina from Mt. Sinai, Egypt (Reptilia: Squamata: Sauria: Lacertidae). Faunistische Abhandlungen (Dresden) 23 (1):157-176 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
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  • Werner, Y.L. & Ashkenazi, S. 2010. Notes on some Egyptian Lacertidae, including a new subspecies of Mesalina, involving the Seligmann effect. Turkish Journal of Zoology 34: 123-133 - get paper here
 
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