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Mesalina balfouri (BLANFORD, 1881)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymEremias (Mesalina) balfouri BLANFORD 1881: 467
Eremias guttulata balfouri — NEUMANN 1905
Mesalina olivieri balfouri — HAAS 1951
Mesalina balfouri — ARNOLD 1986
Mesalina olivieri balfouri — SZCZERBAK 1989
Mesalina balfouri — RÖSLER & WRANIK 2000
Mesalina balfouri — RAZZETTI et al. 2011 
DistributionYemen (Socotra Island, Darsa Island, Samha, Abd al-Kuri)

Type locality: Socotra  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 81.7.22.8-11 
CommentSynonymy: Boulenger (1887) synonymised this species with Mesalina guttulata. 
EtymologyNamed after Sir Isaac Bayley Balfour (1853-1922), Professor of Botany and Regius Keeper of the Edinburgh Botanic Garden (1890-1922). 
References
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  • Blanford, W. T. 1881. Notes on the lizards collected in Socotra by Professor l. Bayley Balfour. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1881: 464-469. - get paper here
  • BÜTIKOFER, L. & SACCHI, R. & PUPIN, F. & PELLITTERI-ROSA, D. & RAZZETTI, E. & PELLA, F. & FASOLA, M. 2012. Sexual dimorphism and allometry of the lacertid Mesalina balfouri (BLANFORD, 1881), endemic to the Archipelago of Socotra (Yemen). Herpetozoa 25 (3/4): 101-108 - get paper here
  • Haas, G. 1951. Remarks on the status of Eremias olivieri Audouin. Copeia 1950 (1): 52-53 - get paper here
  • Hosseinian-Yousefkhani, Seyyed Saeed; Gabriel M.D. Marmol Marin, Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani, Eskandar Rastegar-Pouyani 2015. A Bibliographic Recompilation of the Genus Mesalina Gray, 1838 (Sauria: Lacertidae) with a Key to the Species. Russ. J. Herpetol. 22 (1): 23-34 - get paper here
  • Joger, U. & Mayer, W. 2002. A new species of Mesalina (Reptilia: Lacertidae) from Abd al-Kuri, Socotra Archipelago, Yemen, and a preliminary molecular phylogeny for the genus Mesalina. Fauna of Arabia 19: 497-505
  • 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
  • Neumann, Oscar Rudolph 1905. Über nordost-afrikanische und arabische Kriechtiere. Zool. Jahrb. Syst., 22: 389-404. - get paper here
  • RAZZETTI, EDOARDO; ROBERTO SINDACO, CRISTINA GRIECO, FRANCESCA PELLA, UGO ZILIANI, FABIO PUPIN, ELISA RISERVATO, DANIELE PELLITTERI-ROSA, LUCA BUTIKOFER, AHMED SAEED SULEIMAN, BADAR AWADH AL-ASEILY, CATERINA CARUGATI, ELEONORA BONCOMPAGNI & MAURO FAS 2011. Annotated checklist and distribution of the Socotran Archipelago Herpetofauna (Reptilia). Zootaxa 2826: 1–44 - get paper here
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