Tropidosaura

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Tropidosaura
Tropidosaura gularis03.jpg
Tropidosaura gularis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Lacertidae
Subfamily: Lacertinae
Genus: Tropidosaura
Fitzinger, 1826[1]
Species

See text.

Tropidosaura is a genus of wall lizards of the family Lacertidae.[1] The genus is endemic to southern Africa.[2]

Geographic range[edit]

All species in the genus Tropidosaura are found in South Africa.[3]

Species[edit]

The following four species are recognized.[3]

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

Etymology[edit]

The specific names, cottrelli and essexi, are in honor of South African ornithologist John Awdry Cottrell and South African herpetologist Robert Essex, respectively.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dahms Tierleben. www.dahmstierleben.de/systematik/Reptilien/Squamata/Scincomorpha/Lacertidae.
  2. ^ Branch, Bill. 2004. Field Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Third Revised edition, Second Impression. Sanibel Island Florida: Ralph Curtis Books. 399 pp. ISBN 0-88359-042-5. (Genus Tropidosaura, p. 174).
  3. ^ a b The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  4. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Tropidosaura cottrelli, p. 60; T. essexi, pp. 85-86).

Further reading[edit]

  • Fitzinger LI. 1826. Neue Classification der Reptilien nach ihren natürlichen Verwandtschaften. Nebst einer Verwandtschaft-tafel und einem Verzeichnisse der Reptilien-Sammlung des K. K. Zoologischen Museums zu Wien. Vienna: J.G. Heubner. 5 unnumbered + 67 pp. + one plate. (Tropidosaura, new genus, p. 22). (in German).