Mesalina ercolinii (LANZA & POGGESI, 1975)
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|Higher Taxa||Lacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Eremias ercolinii LANZA & POGGESI 1975|
Mesalina ercolinii — ARNOLD et al. 1998
Mesalina ercolinii — YOUSEFKHANI et al. 2015
Type locality: Bud Bud (about 4°12’ N, 46° 28’ E), 70 km S of El Bur, central Somalia.
|Types||Holotype: MZUF 5253 (Museo Zoologico dell’Università di Firenze)|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Three nasals; frontal in contact with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd supraoculars; subocular does not contact lip; dorsal head shields nearly smooth; collar straight and free. Dorsal and ventral scales large, in 37 rows across body; scales imbricate and singly keeled at midbody, smooth on flanks; ventral plates in 8 straight longitudinal rows. Toes with three-keeled lamellae; base of tail cov- ered by large and strongly imbricate scales, singly-keeled dorsally and smooth ventrally. Coloration (in preserva- tive): dorsal overall hazel brown; head scalation finely dotted with dark brown or blackish tone; numerous dark brown scales on neck and trunk, some of latter being grouped in 2 paravertebral rows of 9 – 10 spots, each spot edged by 1 – 4 whitish scales laterally and sometimes by 2 – 3 similar scales medially; lateral whitish scales tend to form largely broken supraciliary stripe; irregular, nar- row and indistinct brownish dorsolateral stripe extends from nape to base of tail; continuous whitish subocular stripe with brown edge that runs along neck, consists of 8 – 9 small irregular spots surrounded by some dark brown or blackish scales; limbs dorsally hazel brown; hindlimb has some small whitish, blackish-edged spots which are barely distinct on forelimb; ventrally ivory white (Lanza and Poggesi, 1975; Arnold et al., 1998, Yousefkhani et al. 2015).|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||named after Prof. Antonio Ercolini, zoologist at the University of Florence and a colleague of the authors.|
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