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Acanthodactylus erythrurus

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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Lacertidae
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Scaled reptiles
Class  Reptilia
Genus  Acanthodactylus
Rank  Species
Acanthodactylus erythrurus Herpetofauna of Europe pyrenees and ne spain july 2004
Scientific name  Acanthodactylus erythrurus
Similar  Acanthodactylus, Large psammodromus, Psammodromus, Psammodromus hispanicus, Podarcis hispanica

Lagartija colirroja acanthodactylus erythrurus spiny footed lizard

Acanthodactylus erythrurus, commonly known as the spiny-footed lizard, is a species of lacertid lizard endemic to northwestern Africa and the Iberian Peninsula. It is considered to be the fastest member of the huge Lacertidae family. Its common name refers to the spines that are arranged like a comb on the toes of its hind legs.


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Geographic range

Acanthodactylus erythrurus Acanthodactylus erythrurus Spanish fringetoed lizard Lacerta

A. erythrurus is native to Europe in Gibraltar, Portugal, and Spain, and is native to Africa in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia.


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Though the spiny-footed lizard prefers dry and sparsely vegetated regions, it is not restricted to arid terrain, and it is not uncommon to find it in other environments.


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The spiny-footed lizard's coloration and the pattern of its spots are extremely variable. As result, zoologists have from time to time classified such variations as separate species.


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The spiny-footed lizard, like other members of the genus Acanthodactylus, may defend itself aggressively and bite tenaciously, if one tries to catch it. Individuals are continuously involved in skirmishes with other members of the species and the males strenuously defend the borders of their territories.


Acanthodactylus erythrurus Acanthodactylus erythrurus Spanish fringetoed lizard Lacerta

A. erythrurus is oviparous. The number of eggs in a clutch varies from three to seven. The average total length (including tail) of a sexually mature adult of the species is 18 to 20 cm (7.1 to 7.9 in).


The following three subspecies are recognized, including the nominotypical subspecies:

  • Acanthodactylus erythrurus atlanticus Boulenger, 1918 - Morocco
  • Acanthodactylus erythrurus belli Gray, 1845 - Algeria and Morocco
  • Acanthodactylus erythrurus erythrurus (Schinz, 1833) - Iberian Peninsula
  • References

    Acanthodactylus erythrurus Wikipedia