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Mesalina microlepis (ANGEL, 1936)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Small-scaled Desert Lizard 
SynonymEremias brevirostris microlepis ANGEL 1936: 112
Mesalina brevirostris microlepis — SZCZERBAK 1989
Mesalina brevirostris cf. microlepis — HRAOUI-BLOQUET et al. 2002
Mesalina brevirostris microlepis — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Mesalina microlepis — GENIEZ 2013
Mesalina microlepis — SMID et al. 2017 
DistributionSyria, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Iran

Type locality: “Haouarine” [“à 55 kilomètres au S.-E. de Homs”], (Syria)  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1935.0285 
CommentDistribution: see map in SMID et al. 2017: Fig. 1. Not in Israel fide S. Meiri (pers. comm, 16 Oct 2019). 
  • Angel, F. 1936. Reptiles et batraciens de Syrie et de Mésopotamie récoltés (part.) M.P. Pallary. Bull. Inst. Egypte 18: 107-116
  • Geniez, Philippe 2013. Comparaison entre les herpétofaunes de deux pays aux extrémités de la Méditerranée: Jordanie et Maroc. Bull. Soc. Herp. France 145-146 : 49-60
  • Hraoui-Bloquet, S.; Sadek, R.A.; Sindaco, R. & Venchi, A. 2002. The herpetofauna of Lebanon: new data on distribution. Zoology in the Middle East 27: 35-46 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • Šmíd J, Moravec J, Gvoždík V, et al. 2017. Cutting the Gordian Knot: Phylogenetic and ecological diversification of the Mesalina brevirostris species complex (Squamata, Lacertidae). Zoologica Scripta 46: 649– 664 - 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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