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Philochortus neumanni MATSCHIE, 1893

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Neumann's Orangetail Lizard 
SynonymPhilochortus neumanni MATSCHIE 1893: 30
Latastia neumanni — ANDERSON 1895: 643
Latastia neumanni — NEUMANN 1905
Philochortus neumanni — BOULENGER 1917: 150
Philochortus neumanni — BOULENGER 1921: 7
Philochortus neumanni — ANGEL 1936
Philochortus neumanni — BAUER & GÜNTHER 1995
Philochortus neumanni — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionSW Saudi Arabia, Yemen

Type locality: “Scadi bei Lahadsch” [= Lahij?, Yemen]  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 11148 
CommentType species: Philochortus neumanni MATSCHIE 1893: 30 is the type species of the genus Philochortus MATSCHIE 1893. 
EtymologyNamed after Professor Oskar Rudolph Neumann (1867-1946), a German ornithologist who collected in East Africa (1892-1894). Later in his life he moved to Chicago to escape Nazi persecution and worked at the Field Museum.

The genus is named after the Greek “philos” = lover, and “chortos” = grass, meaning grass-loving. 
  • Anderson, J. 1895. On a collection of reptiles and batrachians made by Colonel Yerbury at Aden and its neighbourhood. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1895: 635—663 - get paper here
  • Angel, M.F. 1936. Description d'une nouvelle espèce du genre Philochortus provenant des confins Saharo-Soudanais, et tableau synoptique des espèces du genre. Bull. Soc. Zool. (Paris) 61: 100-105
  • Arnold E N 1986. A key and annotated checklist to the lizards and amphisbaenians of Arabia. Fauna of Saudi Arabia 8: 385-435
  • Bauer, Aaron M.;Günther, Rainer 1995. An annotated type catalogue of the lacertids (Reptilia: Lacertidae) in the Zoological Museum, Berlin. Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin 71 (1): 37-62 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1917. On the lizards of the genus Philochortus MATSCHIE. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1917: 145-157 - get paper here
  • Matschie, P. 1893. Über einige von Herrn Oscar Neumann bei Aden gesammelte u. beobachtete Säugethiere, Reptilien und Amphibien. Sber. Ges. naturf. Freunde, Berlin (1893): 24-31. - get paper here
  • Neumann, Oscar Rudolph 1905. Über nordost-afrikanische und arabische Kriechtiere. Zool. Jahrb. Syst., 22: 389-404. - get paper here
  • Schätti, B. & Gasperetti, J. 1994. A contribution to the herpetofauna of Southwest Arabia. Fauna of Saudi Arabia 14: 348-423
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
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