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Meroles  Gray, 1838
Taxonomic Serial No.: 1155170

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Genus  
  Common Name(s):    
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  
  Global Species Completeness: complete   
  Latest Record Review: 2021   

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassReptilia Laurenti, 1768 – répteis, reptiles, Reptiles  
                         OrderSquamata Oppel, 1811 – Amphisbaenians, Lizards, Snakes, amphisbènes, lézards, serpents  
                               FamilyLacertidae  – Old World Runners, Lacertid Lizards  
                                  GenusMeroles Gray, 1838  
    Direct Children:  
                                     Species Meroles anchietae (Bocage, 1867) – Anchieta's Dune Lizard, Anchieta's Shovel-Snouted Lizard 
                                     Species Meroles ctenodactylus (Smith, 1838) – Giant Desert Lizard, Smith's Sand Lizard, Smith's Desert Lizard 
                                     Species Meroles cuneirostris (Strauch, 1867) – Wedge-snouted Sand Lizard, Wedge-snouted Desert Lizard 
                                     Species Meroles knoxii (Milne-Edwards, 1829) – Knox's Desert Lizard, Knox's Ocellated Sand Lizard 
                                     Species Meroles micropholidotus Mertens, 1938 – Small-scaled Desert Lizard 
                                     Species Meroles reticulatus (Bocage, 1867) – Reticulate Sand Lizard 
                                     Species Meroles squamulosus (Peters, 1854) – Savanna Lizard, Common Rough-scaled Lizard, Common Sand Lizard 
                                     Species Meroles suborbitalis (Peters, 1869) – Spotted Sand Lizard 

  Reference for:    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: Reptile Database (May 2021), website (version May-2021)  
  Acquired: 2021   
  Notes: Uetz, P., Freed, P., Aguilar, R. & Hosek, J. (eds.) (2021) The Reptile Database,, accessed 28 May 2021   
  Reference for: Meroles   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Arnold, E. N.  
  Publication Date: 1989   
  Article/Chapter Title: Towards a phylogeny and biogeography of the Lacertidae: relationships within an old-world family of lizards derived from morphology   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Bulletin of the British Museum, Natural History (Zoology), vol. 55, no. 2   
  Page(s): 209-257   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 0007-1498   
  Notes: Available online at   
  Reference for: Meroles   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Edwards, Shelly, William R. Branch, Bieke Vanhooydonck, Anthony Herrel, G. John Measey, and Krystal  
  Publication Date: 2013   
  Article/Chapter Title: Taxonomic adjustments in the systematics of the southern African lacertid lizards (Sauria: Lacertidae)   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Zootaxa, vol. 3669, no. 2   
  Page(s): 101-114   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 1175-5326   
  Notes: doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3669.2.1   
  Reference for: Meroles   

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