Southwestern Angola, lower elevation areas (below 550 m) in the coastal region, up to 30 km inland, from Moçâmedes (Province of Namibe), north to Sumbe (Province of Cuanza-Sul). 


Pedioplanis benguellensis  (BOCAGE, 1867)


Eremias benguellensis  BOCAGE, 1867

Common names:

Benguela Sand Lizard (English)
Angolan Sand Lizard (English)
Angolanischer Wüstenrenner (German)


Syntype: ZMB 7762 (probably lost)
Neotype: CAS 266242, field number AMB 9984 (male)

Terra Typica:

“Maconjo, Angola”; “‘Benguella” (= Benguela, Angola) fide CONRADIE et al. 2012.

Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Bocage, J.V.B. du (1867) -  Segunda lista dos reptis das possessões portuguezas d’Africa occidental que existem no Museu de Lisboa. -  Jornal de sciencias mathematicas, physicas e naturaes, Academia Real das Sciencias de Lisboa, I (3): 217-228.  

  • Conradie, W. & Measey, G.J. & Branch, W.R. & Tolley, K. (2012) -  Revised phylogeny of African sand lizards (Pedioplanis), with the description of two new species from south-western Angola -  African Journal of Herpetology, Johannesburg, South Africa, 61 (2): 1-22.    

  • Parrinha, D. & Marques, M.P. & Heinicke, M.P. & Khalid, F. & Parker, K.L. & Tolley, K.A. & Childers, J.L. & Conradie, W. & Bauer, A.M. & Ceríaco L.M.P. (2021) -  A revision of Angolan species in the genus Pedioplanis Fitzinger (Squamata: Lacertidae), with the description of a new species. -  Zootaxa 5032 (1): 1-46.  




Pedioplanis benguellensis  © William R. Branch