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Pedioplanis undata (SMITH, 1838)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesWestern Sand Lizard, Plain Sand Lizard 
SynonymLacerta undata SMITH 1838: 93
Eremias undata — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 316
Eremias undata — BOULENGER 1921
Eremias undata — FITZSIMONS 1943: 335
Mesalina undata — SZCZERBAK 1989
Pedioplanis undata — MAYER 1989
Pedioplanis undata — BAUER et al. 1993
Pedioplanis undata — MAKOKHA et al. 2007 
DistributionS Namibia, South Africa (NW Cape province)

Type locality: “Northern and western parts of the Cape Colony”  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesNeotype: NMW 318886 (designated by MAYER & BÖHME 2000) 
Diagnosis 
CommentThe syntypes of this species are actually specimens of Pedioplanis lineoocellata pulchella GRAY, 1845.

Distribution: populations from Angola have been re-assigned to Pedioplanis huntleyi or P. haackei.

Abstract of Case 2085 (formatting that of Amphibia-Reptilia): The purpose of this application is to conserve usage of the name Pedioplanis undata ( A. Smith, 1838) f or t he ‘wester n sand l izard¢of souther n Afri ca. The recently rediscovered syntypes are specimens of P. lineoocellata pulchella Gr ay, 1845 and not of P. undata auct., but acceptance of this typificati on would r esult in very considerable confusion. The name P. undata would be transf err ed t o P. l. pulchella auct. , the taxon known as P. u. undata would have to have a new as a subspecies of P. inornata Roux, 1907, and there would be other c ® Koninklijke Bri ll NV, Leiden, 2000 Amphibia-Reptilia 21: 409-410 410 SEH News changes of accepted names. I t is proposed that these consequences should be avoided by the designat ion of a neot ype f or Lacerta undat a A. Smith, 1838.

Pedioplanis undata inornata (ROUX 1907) has been elevated to full species status. 
Etymology 
References
  • Anonymous 2002. Opinion 1992 (Case 3085) Lacerta undata A. Smith 1838 (currently Pedioplanis undata; Reptilia, Sauria): specific name conserved by thge designation of a neotype. Bull. Zool. Nomenclature 59 (1): 60 - get paper here
  • Bauer, Aaron M.; Branch, William R. & Haacke, Wulf D. 1993. The herpetofauna of the Kamanjab area and adjacent Damaraland, Namibia. Madoqua (Windhoek) 18 (2): 117-145.
  • Berger-Dell'mour H A E; Mayer W 1989. On the parapatric existence of two species of the Pedioplanis undata group (Reptilia: Sauria: Lacertidae) in the central Namib Desert (Southwest Africa) with description of the new species Pedioplanis husabensis. Herpetozoa 1 (3-4): 83-95 - get paper here
  • Cooper Jr., W.E. 2005. Duration of movement as a lizard foraging movement variable. Herpetologica 61 (4): 363-372 - get paper here
  • Duméril, A. M. C. and G. Bibron. 1839. Erpétologie Générale on Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles. Vol.5. Roret/Fain et Thunot, Paris, 871 pp. - get paper here
  • FitzSimons, V.F. 1943. The lizards of South Africa. Transvaal Museum Memoir No.1 (Pretoria), 528 pp.
  • GOLDBERG, S. 2009. Pedioplanis undata A. Smith, 1838 - Reproduction. African Herp News (49): 17-18
  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - get paper here
  • Kirchhof, Sebastian, Christy Anna Hipsley, Ammon Corl, Hartwig Dell'Mour and Johannes Müller. 2014. Pedioplanis undata (A. Smith, 1838) Western Sand Lizard. African Herp News (61): 30-33
  • Makokha, Jane S.; Bauer, Aaron M.; Mayer, Werner; Matthee, Conrad A. 2007. Nuclear and mtDNA-based phylogeny of southern African sand lizards, Pedioplanis (Sauria: Lacertidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 44(2):622-633 - get paper here
  • Mayer, W. 1989. Comments on SZCZERBAK's (1975) catalogue of the African Sand Lizards (Reptilia: Sauria: Eremiainae). Herpetozoa 1 (3/4): 133-137 - get paper here
  • Mayer, W. & W. BÖHME 2000. Case 3085 Lacerta undata A SMITH, 1838 (currently Pedioplanis undata; (Reptilia, Sauria): proposed conservation of specific name by the designation of a neotype. Bull. Zool. Nomenclature 57(2): 100-102 - get paper here
  • NUNES, PEDRO M. SALES; ANTOINE FOUQUET, FELIPE F. CURCIO, PHILIPPE J. R. KOK and MIGUEL TREFAUT RODRIGUES 2012. Cryptic species in Iphisa elegans Gray, 1851 (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae) revealed by hemipenial morphology and molecular data. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 361–376 October 2012 Volume 166, Issue 2, 361-376 - get paper here
  • SCHWACHA, B. 1997. Beobachtungen zur Eiablage bei Pedioplanis undata inornata (ROUX, 1907) und Pedioplanis husabensis BERGER-DELL'MOURR & MAYER, 1989. Die Eidechse 8 (1): 17-19 - get paper here
  • Smith, A. 1838. Contributions to the Natural History of Southern Africa. Art. VIII. Mag. Nat. Hist., London, 2 (14): 92-94
  • 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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