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Pseuderemias savagei (GANS, LAURENT & PANDIT, 1965)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymEremias savagei GANS, LAURENT & PANDIT 1965: 39
Pseuderemias mucronata savagei — LANZA 1983
Pseuderemias savagei — SZCZERBAK 1989
Pseuderemias mucronata savagei — LANZA 1990
Mesalina savagei 
DistributionNE Somalia

Type locality: Somalia, Kandala  
TypesHolotype: MCZ R-71844; paratypes: RMCA 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: An Eremias of the Pseuderemias subgenus, with four nasals, ventral plates in 10 straight longitudinal series, compressed toes, unicarinate lamellae interiorly, frontal separated from the supraoculars by small granules, upper head shields smooth, subocular reaching the lip, 55-72 smooth dorsal scales across the body, upper caudals strongly keeled, posterior subcaudals smooth, five longi­tudinal but often broken out dark dorsal stripes. (Gans et al. 1965) 
CommentGans et al. 1965: 44 present a comparison of the Somali species of Eremias.

Abundance: Rare. This is one of the species called 'lost' and 'rediscovered' by Lindken et al. 2024. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Jay Mathers Savage (b. 1928), a herpetologist, Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Miami and Adjunct Professor at San Diego State University. He took all his degrees at Stanford (1950,1954, and 1955). 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Gans, C.; LAURENT, R.F. & PANDIT, H. 1965. Notes on a herpetological collection from the Somali Republic. Ann. Mus. Roy. Afr. Centr., Sér. 8vo, Tervuren, (80) Zool., (134): 1-93
  • Lanza, B. 1983. A list of the Somali amphibians and reptiles. MONITORE ZOOLOGICO ITALIANO, new Ser., SUPPL. 18 (8): 193-247 - get paper here
  • Lanza, B. 1990. Amphibians and reptiles of the Somali Democratic Republic: check list and biogeography. Biogeographia, 14: 407-465 [1988] - get paper here
  • Lindken T.; Anderson, C. V., Ariano-Sánchez, D., Barki, G., Biggs, C., Bowles, P., Chaitanya, R., Cronin, D. T., Jähnig, S. C., Jeschke, J. M., Kennerley, R. J., Lacher, T. E. Jr., Luedtke, J. A., Liu, C., Long, B., Mallon, D., Martin, G. M., Meiri, 2024. What factors influence the rediscovery of lost tetrapod species? Global Change Biology, 30: 1-18 - get paper here
  • Spawls, Stephen; Tomáš Mazuch& Abubakr Mohammad 2023. Handbook of Amphibians and Reptiles of North-east Africa. Bloomsbury, 640 pp. - get paper here
  • 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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