Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Northern Chad, Northern Sudan, Southern Algeria, Southern Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sinai, Southern Israel. 


Acanthodactylus scutellatus  (AUDOUIN, 1829)

Subspecies (2):

Acanthodactylus scutellatus scutellatus  (AUDOUIN, 1809)

Acanthodactylus scutellatus audouini  BOULENGER, 1918


Lacerta scutellata   AUDOUIN, 1809

Scapteira inornata   GRAY, 1838

Acanthodactylus scutellatus  BOULENGER, 1918

Common names:

Gepunkteter Fransenfingereidechse (German)
Nidua Fringe-fingered Lizard (English)


scutellatus: Holotype: lost (fide CROCHET et al. 2003).

audouini: Lectotype: BMNH 1920.1.20.3006 designated by CROCHET et al. 2003. Paralectotypes: BMNH (Wadi Halfa, Sudan), BMNH 1913.12.30.6-10 (Homs, Tripoli), BMNH (Duirat, southern Tunisia), BMNH 1920.1.20.3006 (Wed El Kreil, Tunisia); see also SALVADOR 1982.

Terra Typica:

scutellatus: Egypt

audouini: Restricta (CROCHET, GENIEZ & INEICH 2003) Oued el Kreil, S Tunisia.

Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • 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.    

  • Crochet, P.-A. & Geniez, P. & Ineich, I. (2003) -  A multivariate analysis of the fringe-toed lizards of the Acanthodactylus scutellatus group (Squamata: Lacertidae) systematics and biogeographical implications. -  Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 137 (1): 117-155.    

  • 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 scutellatus: 19  pictures (see subspecies level)


Acanthodactylus scutellatus audouini  © 2012 Jean-François Trape