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Mesalina martini (BOULENGER, 1897)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesMartin’s Desert Racer 
SynonymEremias martini BOULENGER 1897: 468
Eremias guttulata — BOULENGER 1896
Eremias guttulata martini — NEUMANN 1905
Mesalina olivieri martini — LANZA 1983
Mesalina olivieri martini — SZCZERBAK 1989
Mesalina martini — JOGER & MAYER 2002
Mesalina martini — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionNortheastern Africa (coastal regions at the Red Sea),
SW Yemen, Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, NW Somalia, SW Arabia

Type locality: Obok, Djibouti  
Reproductionoviparous 
Types 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Hind limbs reach the shoulder or the collar in males; the axil or shoulder in females. The ventral plates in 8 longitudinal series, the transverse series num- ber 26 to 34. Femoral pores 10 to 14 on each side. Grey or pale brown above, with two or three dark stripes on each side, the broadest, proceeding from the eye, separated from the lower by a white streak, and from the upper (if present) by a white or pale streak; the dark streaks often with black and white spots or ocelli (Boulenger, 1897; Boulenger, 1921, Yousefkhani et al. 2015). 
CommentType not in BMNH fide P. Campbell, pers. comm., 9 July 2014. 
Etymology 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1897. Description of a new lizard from Obok. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 19: 467-468 - 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
  • Lanza, B. 1990. Amphibians and reptiles of the Somali Democratic Republic: check list and biogeography. Biogeographia, 14: 407-465 [1988]
  • Lanza,B. 1983. A list of the Somali amphibians and reptiles. MONITORE ZOOLOGICO ITALIANO, new Ser., SUPPL. 18 (8): 193-247
  • 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.
  • Neumann, Oscar Rudolph 1905. Über nordost-afrikanische und arabische Kriechtiere. Zool. Jahrb. Syst., 22: 389-404. - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • Sindaco, Roberto; Riccardo Nincheri, Benedetto Lanza 2014. Catalogue of Arabian reptiles in the collections of the “La Specola” Museum, Florence. Scripta Herpetologica. Studies on Amphibians and Reptiles in honour of Benedetto Lanza: pp. 137-164 - get paper here
  • Szczerbak, Nikolai N. 1989. Catalogue of the African Sand lizards (Reptilia: Sauria: Eremiainae: Lampreremias, Pseuderemias, Taenieremias, Mesalina, Meroles). Herpetozoa 1 (3/4): 119-132. - get paper here
 
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