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Gerrhosaurus bulsi LAURENT, 1954

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Higher TaxaGerrhosauridae (Gerrhosaurinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesG: Laurents Schildechse
E: Laurent’s Plated Lizard 
SynonymGerrhosaurus auritus bulsi LAURENT 1954: 64
Gerrhosaurus bulsi — LAURENT 1964
Gerrhosaurus bulsi — HAAGNER et al. 2000
Gerrhosaurus bulsi — BROADLEY & COTTERILL 2004
Gerrhosaurus bulsi — BATES et al. 2013
Gerrhosaurus bulsi — BITTENCOURT-SILVA 2019 
DistributionDemocratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire: Katanga), Zambia, Angola

Type locality: Dundo, Angola.  
TypesHolotype: MD = Museu Dundo, Angola 
Comment“Broadley (1960) described Gerrhosaurus nigrolineatus anselli from Mwinilunga, Boma, currently regarded as a synonym of G. bulsi or G. multilineatus. Later, Broadley (1971) referred the Ikelenge population to G. multilineatus, regarding his subspecies as a synonym of the latter. Haagner et al. (2000) recognized the Ikelenge population as G. bulsi referring to Broadley (in lit.) who mentioned that G. multilineatus is based on a hybrid type specimen and the name is therefore not available. However, according to article 17.2 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN 1999) such a name is still valid, even if the type is a hybrid specimen. Also following Adolphs (2006) bulsi is a valid species and multilineatus is doubtful. However, we recognized striking differences, especially in colouration, between bulsi and multilineatus and therefore we are regarding bulsi as a full species.” [P. Wagner, pers. comm. 27 Dec 2009] 
  • Adolphs, K. 2006. Bibliotheca Cordyliformium. Squamata Verlag, Sankt Augustin, 303 pp.
  • Baptista NL, António T, Branch WR. 2019. The herpetofauna of Bicuar National Park and surroundings, southwestern Angola: a preliminary checklist. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 13(2) [Special Section]: 96–130 (e203) - get paper here
  • BATES, MICHAEL F.; KRYSTAL A. TOLLEY, SHELLEY EDWARDS, ZOË DAVIDS, JESSICA M. DA SILVA, & WILLIAM R. BRANCH 2013. A molecular phylogeny of the African plated lizards, genus Gerrhosaurus Wiegmann, 1828 (Squamata: Gerrhosauridae), with the description of two new genera. Zootaxa 3750 (5): 465–493 - get paper here
  • Bittencourt-Silva GB. 2019. Herpetological survey of western Zambia. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 13(2) [Special Section]: 1-28 (e181) - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G. 1960. Sauria, Cordylidae: Gerrhosaurus nigrolineatus anselli n. subsp. Occ. Pap. Nat. Mus. South. Rhodesia 24 (B): 433-434
  • Broadley, Donald G. and F. P. D. Cotterill. 2004. The reptiles of southeast Katanga, an overlooked 'hot spot'. [Congo]. African Journal of Herpetology 53 (1): 35-61. - get paper here
  • Haagner,G.V.; Branch,W.R. & Haagner,A.J.F. 2000. Notes on a collection of reptiles from Zambia and adjacent areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Annals of the Eastern Cape Museum 1: 1 – 25
  • Laurent, RAYMOND F. 1954. Reptiles et batraciens de la région de Dundo (Angola) (Deuxième note). Companhia de Diamantes de Angola (Diamang), Serviços Culturais, Publicações Culturais, No. 23: 37-84
  • Marques, Mariana P.; Luis M. P. Ceríaco , David C. Blackburn , and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. Diversity and Distribution of the Amphibians and Terrestrial Reptiles of Angola -- Atlas of Historical and Bibliographic Records (1840–2017). Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 4) 65: 1-501 (Supplement II)
  • Wagner, P. 2010. Gerrhosaurus bulsi. Sauria 32 (3): 2 - get paper here
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