Iberian Peninsula, Morocco (excluding the Atlantic coast north of the High Atlas) and Northern Algeria. 


Acanthodactylus erythrurus  (SCHINZ, 1833)

Subspecies (3):

Acanthodactylus erythrurus erythrurus  (SCHINZ, 1833)

Acanthodactylus erythrurus atlanticus  BOULENGER, 1918

Acanthodactylus erythrurus belli  GRAY, 1845


Acanthodactylus erythrurus mauritanicus 

Acanthodactylus erythrurus ksourensis 

Lacerta erythrura  SCHINZ, 1833

Acanthodactylus vulgaris   DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1839

Acanthodactylus erythrurus  MERTENS, 1929

Common names:

Europäischer Fransenfingereidechse (German)
European Fringe-fingered Lizard (English)
Red-tailed Fringe-fingered Lizard (English)
Lagartija Colirroja (Spanish)


Holotype: unlocated (SALVADOR 1982: 57)

Terra Typica:


Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Schinz, H.R. (1833) -  Description of Acanthodactylus erythrurus. -  In: Naturgeschichte und Abbildungen der Reptilien. Brodtmann (Schaffhausen). 468 pp.  

  • 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.    

  • Fonseca, M.M. & Brito, J.C. & Paulo, O.S. & Carretero, M.A. & Harris, D.J. (2009) -  Systematic and phylogeographical assessment of the Acanthodactylus erythrurus group (Reptilia: Lacertidae) based on phylogenetic analyses of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA -  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 51 (2): 131-142.    

  • Tamar, K. & Carranza, S. & Sindaco, R. & Moravec, J. & Trape, J.-F. & Meiri, S. (2016) -  Out of Africa: Phylogeny and biogeography of the widespread genus Acanthodactylus (Reptilia: Lacertidae).  -  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 103: 6-18.    


Acanthodactylus erythrurus: 63  pictures (see subspecies level)


Acanthodactylus erythrurus erythrurus  © 2006 Jan van der Voort