Morocco, Western Sahara. 

Species:

Mesalina simoni  (BOETTGER, 1881)

Subspecies (2):

Mesalina simoni simoni  (BOETTGER, 1881)

Mesalina simoni saharae  PIZZIGALLI et al., 2021

Common names:

Simons Wüstenrenner (German)
Simon’s Desert Racer (English)

Types:

simoni
Holotype: SMF 13872 (formerly 6087,1c)

saharae
Holotype: Adult male, with code MNHN- RA- 2020.0018 (ex BEV.9114) preserved in the Muséum national d`Histoire naturelle, in Paris, France. Collected by Pierre- André Crochet and Julien Renoult on 10th September 2006.

Terra Typica:

simoni:
Casablanca.

saharae:
Western Sahara, road N1, 69 km past Boujdour toward Laayoune, 26.4925°N 13.9198°W, 60 m a.s.l.


Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Boettger, O. (1881) -  Diagnoses Reptilium novorum Maroccanorum. -  Zoologischer Anzeiger, Leipzig, 4 (73): 570-572.     

  • Mertens, R. (1922) -  Verzeichnis der Typen in der herpetologischen Sammlung des Senckenbergischen Museums. -  Senckenbergiana, Frankfurt/Main, 4: 162-183.  

  • Pizzigalli, C. & Crochet, P.-A. & Geniez, P. & Martínez-Freiría, F. & Velo-Antón, G. & Brito, J.C. (2021) -  Phylogeographic diversification of the Mesalina olivieri species complex (Squamata: Lacertidae) with the description of a new species and a new subspecies endemic from North West Africa. -  J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Res. 2021: 00: 1-29.    

 
 
 
 

Mesalina simoni: 5  pictures (see subspecies level)

 
 
 

Mesalina simoni simoni  © 2016 Gerrit Jan Verspui