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Philochortus rudolfensis PARKER, 1932

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesSouthern Shield-backed Lizard 
SynonymPhilochortus intermedius rudolfensis PARKER 1932
Philochortus intermedius rudolfensis — ANGEL 1936
Philochortus intermedius rudolfensis — LANZA 1988
Philochortus rudolfensis — SPAWLS et al. 2001: 164
Philochortus rudolfensis — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2006: 63
Philochortus rudolfensis — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 362
Philochortus rudolfensis — SPAWLS et al 2018: 191 
DistributionN Kenya (Lake Rudolf, Lake Turkana), S Ethiopia, probably in Sudan (L. Chirio, pers. comm.)

Type locality: near the mouth of the Kaliokwell River, Lake Rudolf.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1932.5.2.6 
DiagnosisPhilochortus rudolfensis is distinguished from all other East African lacertids by the presence of 2 longitudinal, mid-dorsal rows of enlarged scales (about twice the width of the rest of the body scales) (SPAWLS et al. 2001). 
CommentAbundance: Philochortus (intermedius) rudolfensis is only known from 5 specimens, so its variation is not sufficiently known. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1917. On the lizards of the genus Philochortus MATSCHIE. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1917: 145-157 - get paper here
  • Lanza, B. 1990. Amphibians and reptiles of the Somali Democratic Republic: check list and biogeography. Biogeographia, 14: 407-465 [1988]
  • Lanza,B. 1983. A list of the Somali amphibians and reptiles. MONITORE ZOOLOGICO ITALIANO, new Ser., SUPPL. 18 (8): 193-247
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2006. Lizards of Ethiopia (Reptilia Sauria): an annotated checklist, bibliography, gazetteer and identification. Tropical Zoology 19 (1): 21-109 - get paper here
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 694 pp.
  • Parker, H. W. 1942. The lizards of British Somaliland. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 91: 1—101 - get paper here
  • Parker,H.W. 1932. Scientific results of the Cambridge expedition to the east African lakes, 1930-31. 5. Reptiles and amphibians. Zool. J. Linnean Soc. 38: 213-229
  • Scortecci, G. 1930. Secondo contributo alla conoscenza dei rettili della Somalia Italiana. Atti della Società Italiana di Scienze Naturali e del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale in Milano, 69:127—152.
  • Spawls, S. & Rotich, D. 1997. An annotated checklist of the lizards of Kenya. J. East African Nat. Hist. 86: 61-83 - get paper here
  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147] - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
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