Vhembelacerta rupicola (FITZSIMONS, 1933)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Vhembelacerta rupicola?
|Higher Taxa||Lacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Soutpansberg Rock Lizard|
|Synonym||Lacerta rupicola FITZSIMONS 1933: 278|
Lacerta rupicola — FITZSIMONS 1943: 325
Australolacerta rupicola — KIRCHHOF et al. 2010
Vhembelacerta rupicola — EDWARDS et al. 2013
|Distribution||Republic of South Africa (Soutpansberg in N Transvaal)|
Type locality: Lake Fundusi, Zoutpansberg Mtns., N. Tvl.
|Types||Holotype: TM 13989, half-grown female|
|Comment||Type species: Lacerta rupicola FitzSimons 1933 is the type species of the genus Vhembelacerta Edwards, Herrel, Vanhooydonck, Measey, Tolley& Branch 2013.|
Coloration: top of head and dorsum dark brown, back with paired narrow reddish brown vertebral stripes, and a white dorsolateral stripe that extends from the eye to the tail base (head and dorsum olive-green, body with numerous spots that are yellow dorsally and white on flanks, demarcated by a dorsolateral series of orange spots).
|Etymology||“rupicola” means rock-inhabiting.|
Etymology. The species is endemic to the Vhembe region of Limpopo Province, South Africa, after which the genus name is partially constructed. The second part of the name “lacerta’ (L. lizard) also retains the historical link to the genus Lacerta to which the single species was originally referred.
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