Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Northern Chad, Northern Sudan, Southern Algeria, Southern Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sinai, Southern Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Northern Saudi Arabia and Iraq). 

Species:

Acanthodactylus scutellatus  (AUDOUIN, 1829)

Subspecies (3):

Acanthodactylus scutellatus scutellatus  (AUDOUIN, 1809)

Acanthodactylus scutellatus audouini  BOULENGER, 1918

Acanthodactylus scutellatus hardyi  HAAS, 1957

Synonyms:

Lacerta scutellata   AUDOUIN, 1809

Scapteira inornata   GRAY, 1838

Acanthodactylus scutellatus  BOULENGER, 1918

Common names:

Gepunkteter Fransenfingereidechse (German)
Nidua Fringe-fingered Lizard (English)

Types:

scutellatus: Holotype: lost (fide CROCHET et al. 2003).

audouini: Lectotype: BMNH 1920.1.20.3006 designated by CROCHET et al. 2003. Paralectotypes: BMNH 97.10.28.315-319 (Wadi Halfa, Sudan), BMNH 1913.12.30.6-10 (Homs, Tripoli), BMNH 91.5.4.85-91 (Duirat, southern Tunisia), BMNH 1920.1.20.3006 (Wed El Kreil, Tunisia); see also SALVADOR 1982

hardyi: Holotype: HUJ Hebrew University of Jerusalem 2682

Terra Typica:

scutellatus: Egypt

audouini: Restricta (CROCHET, GENIEZ & INEICH 2003) Oued el Kreil, S Tunisia.

hardyi: `Hirmas Station` in northern Saudi Arabia.


Taxonomic notes:

Acanthodactylus scutellatus hardyi wurde 1957 von HAAS aus dem nördlichen Saudi-Arabien beschrieben. HARRIS & ARNOLD erhoben das Taxon 2000 ohne jede Begründung in den Artstatus: `... previously treated as subspecies are now better regarded as full species (now A. hardyi; for differences from A. scutellatus, see ARNOLD 1986...)`, eine Vorgangsweise, die von späteren Autoren kritiklos übernommen wurde. Bis zu einer begründeten Entscheidung wird das Taxon hier weiter als Unterart gewertet.

WERNER MAYER, 2015


Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Harris, D.J. & Arnold, E.N. (2000) -  Elucidation of the relationships of spiny-footed lizards, Acanthodactylus spp. (Reptilia: Lacertidae) using mitochondrial DNA sequence, with comments on their biogeography and evolution. -  Journal of Zoology, London, 252 (3): 351-362.    

  • Crochet, P.-A. & Geniez, P. & Ineich, I. (2003) -  A multivariate analysis of the fringe-toed lizards of the Acanthodactylus scutellatus group (Squamata: Lacertidae) systematics and biogeographical implications. -  Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 137 (1): 117-155.    

  • Tamar, K. & Carranza, S. & Sindaco, R. & Moravec, J. & Trape, J.-F. & Meiri, S. (2016) -  Out of Africa: Phylogeny and biogeography of the widespread genus Acanthodactylus (Reptilia: Lacertidae).  -  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 103: 6-18.    

 
 
 
 

Acanthodactylus scutellatus: 13  pictures (see subspecies level)

 
 
 

Acanthodactylus scutellatus scutellatus  © 2010 Jürgen Gebhart