South Africa. 


Tropidosaura montana  (GRAY, 1831)

Subspecies (3):

Tropidosaura montana montana  (GRAY, 1831)

Tropidosaura montana natalensis  FITZSIMONS, 1947

Tropidosaura montana rangeri  HEWITT, 1926


Lacerta (Tropidosaurus) montanus   GRAY, 1831

Tropidosaura montana   DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1839

Common names:

Green-striped Mountain Lizard (English)
Common Mountain Lizard (English)
Süd-Gebirgseidechse (German)


montana: Holotype: MNHN-RA 2673 [indicated as syntype in MNHN catalogue]

natalensis: Holotype: DNMNH (= TM) 21281

rangeri: Holotype: PEM (was AMG = Albany Muzeum)

Terra Typica:

montana: Cape of Good Hope.

natalensis: Cathkin Peak, Drakensberg.

rangeri: Farm Gleniffer, near Kei Road, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.

Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Gray, J.E. (1831) -  A synopsis of the species of Class Reptilia. -  In: Griffith, E & E. Pidgeon: The animal kingdom arranged in conformity with its organisation by the Baron Cuvier with additional descriptions of all the species hither named, and of many before noticed. Volume 9. Whittaker, Treacher and Co., London: 481 + 110 pp. [1830]  

  • 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.    


Tropidosaura montana: 11  pictures (see subspecies level)


Tropidosaura montana rangeri  © 2017 Alex Rebelo