Northern Saudi Arabia, southernmost Jordan, Kuwait and Iraq. 


Acanthodactylus scutellatus hardyi  HAAS, 1957


Holotype: HUJ Hebrew University of Jerusalem 2682

Terra Typica:

`Hirmas Station` in northern Saudi Arabia.

Taxonomic notes:

Acanthodactylus scutellatus hardyi was described in 1957 by HAAS from northern Saudi Arabia. HARRIS & ARNOLD raised the taxon 2000 without any justification to the status of species: `... previously treated as subspecies are now better regarded as full species (now A hardyi ; for differences from A. scutellatus , see ARNOLD 1986 ...) `, a procedure that was adopted by later authors without criticism. Until a reasoned decision, the taxon will continue to be considered a subspecies here.


Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Haas, G. (1957) -  Some amphibians and reptiles from Arabia. -  Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 4th ser., 29: 47-86.  

  • 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.    


Acanthodactylus scutellatus hardyi  © David Modrý