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Taxonomy of the family Lacertidae
Bibliography of the genus Meroles
Biodiversity of the family Lacertidae








Genus
Meroles

Southwest African Desert Lizards, (Sand Lizards)

Scharreidechsen

Sydvestafrikanske Ørkenfirben*

1838 Meroles Gray (type species: Lacerta knoxii Milne-Edwards 1829)
1867 Pachyrhynchus Bocage [not Pachyrhynchus Spix] (type species: Pachyrhynchus anchietae Bocage 1867; syn. Arnold 1989)
1869 Saurites Peters (type species: Podarces cuneirostris Strauch 1867; syn. Arnold 1989)
1887 Aporosaura Boulenger [substitute name for Pachyrhynchus Bocage 1867] (Arnold 1989)
Contents: 8 species, of which 1 (12.5%) is endemic.
Distribution: S. Africa.
Reported from: Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa (Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West Province, Northern Cape, Western Cape), Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Meroles anchietae

Shovel-snouted Lizard, Namib Dune Lizard, Namib Sand Lizard, Northern Slipface Lizard

Sandtaucher

Namibisk Klitfirben*

1867 Pachyrhynchus anchietae Bocage
Aporosaura anchietae Boulenger 1887
Meroles anchietae Arnold 1989

Distribution: Angola, Namibia.


Meroles ctenodactylus

Giant Desert Lizard, (Smith's Desert Lizard)

Riesen-Scharreidechse*

Kæmpe-ørkenfirben*

1838 Lacerta ctenodactylus Smith
Scapteira ctenodactyla Boulenger 1887
Meroles ctenodactylus Mertens 1955
1845 Acanthodactylus capensis Smith (Szczerbak 1975)

Distribution: Namibia, South Africa (Northern Cape, Western Cape).


Meroles cuneirostris

Wedge-snouted Desert Lizard

Keilschnauzen-Scharreidechse*

Kilesnudet Ørkenfirben*

1867 Podarces cuneirostris Strauch
Saurites cuneirostris Peters 1869
Scapteira cuneirostris Boulenger 1887
Meroles cuneirostris Mertens 1955

Distribution: Namibia, South Africa (Northern Cape).


Meroles knoxii

Round-snouted Desert Lizard, Ocellated Desert Lizard, (Knox's Desert Lizard)

Rundschnauzen-Scharreidechse*

Butsnudet Ørkenfirben*

1829 Lacerta knoxii Milne-Edwards
Meroles knoxii Gray 1838
Eremias knoxii Duméril & Bibron 1839
Scapteira knoxii Boulenger 1887
1872 Eremias fordii Günther (Szczerbak 1975)
1935 Scapteira knoxi pequensis Hewitt (Szczerbak 1975)
Meroles knoxii pequensis Mertens 1955

Distribution: Namibia, South Africa (Northern Cape, Western Cape).


Meroles micropholidotus

Namibian Small-scaled Desert Lizard*

Kleinschuppige Scharreidechse*

Namibisk Finskællet Ørkenfirben*

1937 Scapteira micropholidota Mertens
Meroles micropholidotus Mertens 1955

Distribution: Namibia.


Meroles reticulatus

Reticulated Desert Lizard

Netz-Scharreidechse*

Net-ørkenfirben*

1867 Scapteira reticulata Bocage
Podarces reticulata Strauch 1867
Meroles reticulatus Mertens 1955
1869 Eremias serripes Peters (Szczerbak 1975)
Scapteita serripes Boulenger 1887

Distribution: Angola, Namibia.


Meroles squamulosus

Rough-scaled Desert Lizard, (Mozambique Rough-scaled Lizard, Common Rough-scaled Lizard)

Rauhschuppige Scharreidechse*

Ruskællet Ørkenfirben*

1854 Ichnotropis squamulosa Peters
Meroles squamulosus Edwards, Branch, Vanhooydonck, Herrel, Measey & Tolley 2013

Distribution: Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa (Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West Province, Northern Cape), Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Meroles suborbitalis

Spotted Desert Lizard

Gefleckte Scharreidechse*

Plettet Ørkenfirben*

1869 Eremias suborbitalis Peters
Scaptira suborbitalis Boulenger 1921
Meroles suborbitalis Mertens 1955
1820 Lacerta depressa Merrem (status uncertain; Szczerbak 1975)
Scapteira depressa Boettger 1882

Distribution: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa (Northern Cape, Western Cape).