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Zonosaurus rufipes (BOETTGER, 1881)

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Higher TaxaGerrhosauridae (Zonosaurinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Red-legged Girdled Lizard 
SynonymGerrhosaurus (Cicigna) rufipes BOETTGER 1881: 358
Gerrhosaurus (Cicigna) rufipes var. subunicolor BOETTGER 1881
Zonosaurus rufipes — BOULENGER 1887
Zonosaurus rufipes — ANGEL 1942: 95
Zonosaurus rufipes — BRYGOO 1985: 34
Zonosaurus rufipes — VENCES et al. 1999
Zonosaurus rufipes —RECKNAGEL et al. 2013 
DistributionMadagascar, Nossi Be = Nosy Bé

Type locality: “insula Nossi-Bé” (“satis frequens”)  
TypesLectotype: SMF 40743
Paralectotypes: ZMB 10097, 49640 
CommentTotal length up to 22 cm. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “rufus” = red and “pes” = foot. 
  • 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 - get paper here
  • Andreone F., Randrianirina J., Jenkins P.D. & Aprea G. 2000. Species diversity of Amphibia, Reptilia and Lipotyphla (Mammalia) at Ambolokopatrika, a rainforest between the Anjanaharibe-Sud and Marojejy massifs, NE Madagascar. Biodiversity and Conservation 9: 1587–1622
  • Angel, F. 1942. Les Lézards de Madagascar. Mem. Acad. Malagache, Tananarive XXXVI: 193 pp.
  • Boettger, O. 1881. Diagnoses reptilium et batrachiorum novorum ab ill. Antonio Stumpff in insula Nossi-Bé Madagascariensi lectorum. Zool. Anz. 4 (87): 358-362 - 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
  • Gemel, R.; G. Gassner & S. Schweiger 2019. Katalog der Typen der Herpetologischen Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien – 2018. Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, B 121: 33–248
  • Lang, Mathias & Böhme, Wolfgang 1989. A new species of the Zonosaurus rufipes-complex (Reptilia: Squamata: Gerrhosauridae), from Northern Madagascar. Bulletin de l'Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, Biologie, 59: 163-168.
  • Lang,M. & Böhme,W. 1990. A new species of the Zonosaurus rufipes-complex (Reptilia: Squamata: Gerrhosauridae) from Northern Madagascar. Bull. Inst. Roy. Sci. Nat. Belgique, Biol. 59: 163-168
  • 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
  • Raselimanana, A. P., C. J. Raxworthy, and R. A. Nussbaum 2000. A revision of the dwarf Zonosaurus Boulenger (Reptilia: Squamata: Cordylidae) from Madagascar, including descriptions of three new species. Scientific Papers Natural History Museum University of Kansas 18:1-16
  • 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
  • Vences, M.; Ziegler,T.; Visser,S. & Andreone,F. 1999. New data on the zoogeography and genital morphology of the lizards Zonosaurus brygooi Lang & Böhme 1990 and Z. aeneus (Grandidier 1872) from Madagascar (Reptilia Squamata Gerrhosauridae). Tropical Zoology 12: 145-155 - get paper here
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