South Africa (North West Cape Province) and southern Namibia, and some isolates in the central Namib Desert. 


Meroles suborbitalis  (PETERS, 1869)


Eremias suborbitalis  PETERS, 1869

Scaptira suborbitalis  FITZSIMONS & BRAIN, 1958

Meroles suborbitalis  HAACKE, 1975

Common names:

Spotted Desert Lizard (English)
Scharreidechse (German)


Lectotype: ZMB 6150 (designated by BAUER & GÜNTHER 1991)

Terra Typica:

Damaraland, Namibia.

Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Peters, W. (1869) -  Description of Meroles suborbitalis. -  In: “Förtekning pa de af J. Wahlberg i Damaralandet insamlade Reptilierna”. - Oefversigt af Kongliga Vetenskaps-Akademiens Förhandlingar, 26 (7): 657-662.   

  • Engleder, A. & Haring, E. & Kirchhof, S. & Mayer, W. (2013) -  Multiple nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequences provide new insights into the phylogeny of South African Lacertids (Lacertidae, Eremiadinae). -  Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, Berlin, 51 (2): 132-143.