Pedioplanis huntleyi CONRADIE, MEASEY, BRANCH & TOLLEY, 2012
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Pedioplanis huntleyi?
|Higher Taxa||Lacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Pedioplanis huntleyi CONRADIE, MEASEY, BRANCH & TOLLEY 2012|
Eremias undata — BOULENGER 1921 (part.)
Eremias undata undata — LAURENT 1964 (part.)
|Distribution||Angola (Ruacana, Namibe, Cunene Provinces, Iona National Park)|
Type locality: road to Oncocua, 7 km from Iona, Namibe Province, Angola (16°51’29.9’’ S, 12°36’45.9’’ E, 1612DC, 803 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: PEM R18479, adult male, collected by W.R. Branch, W. Conradie, G.J. Measey and K.A. Tolley, 21 January 2009. Field number KTH09-245.|
Allotype. An adult female (PEM R18487), collected by W. Conradie, 24 January 2009, 14 km west of Moimba, Namibe Province, Angola (16840?46.1?? S, 12858?26.3?? E, 1612DB, 684 m a.s.l). Field number WC09-29. Paratypes.*Thirteen specimens (six females, 8 males: PEM)
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. It shares similar scalation features to P. haackei, and can therefore be diagnosed in these features from all other Pedioplanis, except for the following differences: having 7-13 small granules anterior to the first supraocular (12-23 in P. haackei sp. nov.); having only one row (rarely two rows) of small granules between the supraocular and supraciliaries (two in P. haackei sp. nov.) and 2-4 (mostly three) small scales in front of the first supraocular touching the frontal (3-6, mostly four in P. haackei sp. nov.). Its typical colouration of five dark ventral lines, with clear white borders and which fade on the latter half of the body, is distinct from P. gaerdesi (no longitudinal stripes, but with scattered black spots), P. rubens (uniform brick-red with weak greyish band on the flanks), P. haackei sp. nov. (three faint dorsolateral stripes), P. undata-N (stripes on back often pale or obsolete; Mayer & Berger-Dell’Mour 1987) and P. undata-S (five distinct dark longitudinal strips: Mayer & Berger-Dell’Mour 1987). It further differs from Namibian P. undata by its distribution (north of the Cunene River), colouration and by significant molecular divergence.|
|Comment||Habitat. Prefers more compacted rocky substrate, well-vegetated scrub woodland and shrubland.|
|Etymology||The specific epithet is a patronym honouring the former CEO of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), Brian Huntley, who organised the expedition to Angola, and who has made valuable contributions to the conservation of Angolan biodiversity. The name is constructed in the masculine genitive.|
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