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Zonosaurus boettgeri STEINDACHNER, 1891

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Higher TaxaGerrhosauridae (Zonosaurinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesBoettger's Girdled Lizard 
SynonymZonosaurus boettgeri STEINDACHNER 1891
Zonozaurus [sic!] longicaudatus MOCQUARD 1900: 347
Zonosaurus boettgeri — ANGEL 1942: 93
Zonosaurus boettgeri — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 302
Zonosaurus boettgeri — RASELIMANANA et al. 2006
Zonosaurus boettgeri —RECKNAGEL et al. 2013 
DistributionN Madagascar, Nossi Be = Nosy Bé, Masoala Peninsula

Type locality: Nosy Be Fivondronana, Antsiranana Province.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: NMW 23348; other specimens in UMMZUADBA 
Diagnosis 
CommentExtremely rare (or extremely secretive), only 7 specimens are known plus a couple of sightings. Similar to Z. maramaintsoa.

Total length up to 50 cm. 
EtymologyNamed after Oskar Boettger (1844-1910), herpetologist at the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt am Main. 
References
  • ANDREONE F., F. GLAW, R. A. NUSSBAUM, C. J. RAXWORTHY, M. VENCES, and J. E. RANDRIANIRINA 2003. The amphibians and reptiles of Nosy Be (NW Madagascar) and nearby islands: a case study of diversity and conservation of an insular fauna. Journal of Natural History 37 (17): 2119–2149
  • Angel, F. 1942. Les Lézards de Madagascar. Mem. Acad. Malagache, Tananarive XXXVI: 193 pp.
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Berghof, H.-P. 2004. Unterwegs im “Reserve Speziale” von Ankarana. [Madagascar]. Draco 5 (19): 44-49 - get paper here
  • Brygoo, E.R. 1985. Les Gerrhosaurinae de Madagascar, Sauria (Cordylidae). Mém. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. (nouv. sér., sér. A, Zool.) 134: 1-65 - get paper here
  • D'Cruze, Neil; Jeremy Sabel, Katie Green, Jeffrey Dawson, Carlie Gardner, Janine Robinson, Georgina Starkie, Miguel Vences, and Frank Glaw. 2007. The First Comprehensive Survey of Amphibians and Reptiles at Montagne des Francais, Madagascar. Herp. Cons. Biol. 2 (2): 87-99 - get paper here
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Meier, H. 1988. Zur Ökologie, Ethologie und Taxonomie einiger Schildechsen der Gattungen Tracheloptychus und Zonosaurus auf Madagaskar, Teil 1. Herpetofauna 10 (57): 22-26 - get paper here
  • Meier, H. 1989. Zur Ökologie, Ethologie und Taxonomie einiger Schildechsen der Gattungen Tracheloptychus und Zonosaurus auf Madagaskar, Teil 2: Weitere Zonosaurus-Arten. Herpetofauna 11 (58): 14-23 - get paper here
  • Mocquard, F. 1900. Nouvelle contribution á la faune herpétologique de Madagascar. Bull. Soc. philom., Paris (9) 2 (4): 93-111. - get paper here
  • Mocquard, F. 1900. Diagnose d'espéces nouvelles de Reptiles de Madagascar. Bull. Mus. nat. Hist. nat., Paris 6: 345- 348. - get paper here
  • Raselimanana, A.P., R.A. Nussbaum and C.J. Raxworthy 2006. Observations and re-description of Zonosaurus boettgeri Steindachner 1891 and description of a second new species of long-tailed Zonosaurus from western Madagascar. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology University of Michigan 739: 1-16
  • Raselimanana, Achille P.; Brice Noonan, K. Praveen Karanth, Jacques Gauthier, Anne D. Yoder 2009. Phylogeny and evolution of Malagasy plated lizards. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 50 (2): 336-344 - get paper here
  • Recknagel, Hans; Kathryn R. Elmer, Brice P. Noonan, Achille P. Raselimanana, Axel Meyer, Miguel Vences 2013. Multi-gene phylogeny of Madagascar’s plated lizards, Zonosaurus and Tracheloptychus (Squamata: Gerrhosauridae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution - get paper here
  • Steindachner, F. 1891. Über einige neue und seltene Reptilien- und Amphibienarten. Sitzungsb. Ber. Kais. Akad. Wiss., Wien, Abt.1, 100 (6): 289-313, 2 plates - get paper here
 
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