Sinai peninsula / Israel / Jordan / Palestinian Territories / Saudi Arabia 


Mesalina bahaeldini  SEGOLI et al., 2002


Mesalina bahaeldini curatorum  WERNER & ASHKENAZI, 2010

Common names:

Arabischer Wüstenrenner (German)


Holotype: HUJ R 10712, Zool. Mus., Hebrew univ. Jerusalem.
Holotype: ZMB 1122, male collected during 1820-1821 by the W. Hemprich and C.G.

Terra Typica:

Near St. Catherine Monastery, Sinai, Egypt.

Taxonomic notes:

Is closely related to M. guttulata. According to genetic data (KAPLI et al., 2008), it is doubtful that this lizard is actually a distinct species.


Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Segoli, M. & Cohen, B.L. & Werner, Y.L. (2002) -  A new species of Mesalina from Mt. Sinai, Egypt (Reptilia: Squamata: Sauria: Lacertidae). -  Faunistiche Abhandlungen Staatliches Museum für Tierkunde Dresden, 23, 157-176.  

  • Kapli, P. & Lymberakis, P. & Poulakakis, N. & Mantziou, G. & Parmakelis, A. & Mylonas, M. (2008) -  Molecular phylogeny of three Mesalina (Reptilia: Lacertidae) species (M. guttulata, M. brevirostris and M. behaeldini) from North Africa and the Middle East: Another case of paraphyly? -  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 49: 102-110.    

  • Sindaco, R. & Simó-Riudalbas, M. & Sacchi, R. & Carranza, S. (2018) -  Systematics of the Mesalina guttulata species complex (Squamata: Lacertidae) from Arabia with the description of two new species. -  Zootaxa, 4429 (3): 513-547.