Meroles

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Meroles
Meroles knoxii.jpg
M. knoxii in South Africa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Lacertidae
Subfamily: Lacertinae
Genus: Meroles
Gray, 1838
Species

Eight species, see text.

Meroles is a genus of lizards, commonly known as desert lizards, in the family Lacertidae. The genus contains eight species, inhabiting southwestern Africa, especially the Namib Desert.

Description[edit]

Desert lizards have fine, granular dorsal scales. The hind toes are elongated and possess fringes of scales.[1]

Species[edit]

The following eight species are recognized as being valid.[2]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Meroles.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Branch, Bill (1998). Field Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa (3rd ed.). Cape Town: Struik. pp. 164–167. ISBN 1868720403. 
  2. ^ "Meroles ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.

Further reading[edit]

  • Gray JE. 1838. "Catalogue of the Slender-tongued Saurians, with Descriptions of many new Genera and Species". Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., [First Series] 1: 274-283, 388-394. (Meroles, new genus, p. 282).

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