Mesalina simoni (BOETTGER, 1881)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Mesalina simoni?
|Higher Taxa||Lacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Podarces (Mesalina) simoni BOETTGER 1881: 571|
Eremias olivieri simoni — BONS 1959
Mesalina simoni — ARNOLD 1986
Mesalina olivieri simoni — SZCZERBAK 1989
Mesalina simoni — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 428
Mesalina simoni — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
|Distribution||Morocco (central coast of the Atlantic Ocean)|
Type locality: “inter urbes Mogador et Marocco, unicum prope urbem Casablanca”.
|Types||Holotype: SMF 6087|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. For a time it was considered a subspecies of M. olivieri: In appearance it differs mainly by a heavier pigmentation of dark gray on the gular and ventral regions, and by having light dorsal stripes bordered with black (this black bordering lacking in M. olivieri). Scalation is very similar to M. olivieri apart from the palpebral disk, which is made up of 7 – 8 opaque or translucent plates which are never bordered in black, un- like those of M. olivieri. This species inhabits rocky plateaus with sparse vegetation, from sea level to above 3000 ft. As it has only recently been differentiated from M. olivieri, details on ecology are still lacking (Boettger, 1881, Yousefkhani et al. 2015).|
|Comment||Synonymy: MERTENS 1922: 174 stated that this species is synonymous with Eremias guttulata.|
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