Morocco, N Algeria, Tunisia, N Libya, Egypt, Central Sahara, N Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Palestinian Territories and Iraq. 

Species:

Mesalina olivieri  (AUDOUIN, 1829)

Subspecies (2):

Mesalina olivieri olivieri  (AUDOUIN, 1829)

Mesalina olivieri schmidtii  (HAAS, 1951)

Synonyms:

Lacerta olivieri   AUDOUIN, 1829

Eremias guichenoti   DOUMERGUE, 1901

Eremias olivieri  DEKEYSER & VILLIERS, 1956

Mesalina olivieri   SZCZERBAK, 1975

Common names:

Oliviers Wüstenrenner (German)
Olivier’s Desert Racer (English)

Types:

olivieri: Types: BMNH 1946.8.6.56-57

schmidtii: Holotype: HUJ (Hebrew University) No. 1765, male

Terra Typica:

olivieri: Egypt.

schmidtii: Israel, Wadi Nefk.


Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Audouin, J.V. (1829) -  Lacerta scutellata et Lacerta olivieri. -  In: Savignyi, M.J.C.L. de (ed.): Description de l’Egypte, Reptiles, Suppl., Paris. pp. 172, 174-175. pl. I.   

  • 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 olivieri: 16  pictures (see subspecies level)

 
 
 

Mesalina olivieri olivieri  © Uwe Schlüter