Pedioplanis haackei CONRADIE, MEASEY, BRANCH & TOLLEY, 2012
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Pedioplanis haackei?
|Higher Taxa||Lacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Pedioplanis haackei CONRADIE, MEASEY, BRANCH & TOLLEY 2012|
Eremias undata undata — LAURENT 1964 (part.)
|Distribution||Angola (SW desert area of Namibe Province, south of Lake Arco and north of Espinheira)|
Type locality: along the road to Tambo, Namibe Province, Angola (15°52’33.8’’ S, 12°12’21.0’’ E, 1512CC, 196 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: PEM R18465, adult male, with a partially everted hemipenis, collected by W.R. Branch, W. Conradie, G.J. Measey and K.A. Tolley, 19 January 2009|
Allotype. An adult gravid female (PEM R18461)
Paratypes. Thirteen specimens (five females, 8 males: PEM)
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Distinguished from all other species of Pedioplanis, except P. benguellensis, P. undata, P. rubens, P. gaerdesi, P. inornata and P. huntleyi sp. nov., in possessing 10 longitudinal rows of ventral scale; in having a semi-transparent lower eyelid with a brille formed of two large scales (only a single scale brille in P. benguellensis and P. gaerdesi, lower eyelid opaque to semi-transparent with 10-15 scales in P. burchelli, P. namaquensis and P. laticeps; opaque to semi-transparent with eight opaque scales in P. husabensis and opaque and scaly in P. breviceps); possessing a small tympanic shield (may be absent in P. breviceps and absent in P. burchelli, P. laticeps, P. l. lineoocellata, P. l. inocellata and P. l. pulchella); in having 5-6 supralabials (mostly five) anterior to the subocular (four supralabials in P. benguellensis); in having numerous small granules (12-32) anterior to the first supraocular (6-15 in P. undata); and two rows of small granules between the SO and supraciliaries (only one in P. undata).|
Its typical colouration of three faint dorsal-lateral dark stripes with white borders and reticulated flanks is also distinct from P. gaerdesi (no longitudinal stripes with scattered black spots), P. rubens (uniform brick-red with weak greyish band on the flanks) and P. undata (five distinct darker longitudinal stripes).
|Comment||Habitat. Mainly sandy plains surrounding granite outcrops, with varying degrees of short grass cover and scattered Acacia mellifera thorn bush.|
|Etymology||The specific epithet is a patronym honouring the now retired curator of the herpetology collection at the former TM (now the Ditsong: National Museum of Natural History), Wulf Haacke, whose herpetological surveys in Angola in the early 1970s prepared the way for this study. The name is constructed in the masculine genitive.|