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Citation: Midtgaard, Rune. RepFocus - A Survey of the Reptiles of the World. (www.repfocus.dk).
Latest update: October 31st, 2023.

Taxonomy of the family Lacertidae
Bibliography of the genus Pseuderemias
Biodiversity of the family Lacertidae


Sand Runners, (Sand Racers, Sand Lizards)

Falsche Wüstenrenner

Nordøstafrikanske Sandløberfirben

1883 Pseuderemias Boettger (type species: Pseuderemias lineolata Boettger 1883)
1885 Boulengeria Lataste (type species: Acanthodactylus mucronatus Blanford 1870; syn. Arnold 1989)
Contents: 7 species, of which 3 (42.9%) are endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Remarks: Previously included in Eremias. Revalidated by Szczerbak (1975).
Distribution: Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan.

Pseuderemias brenneri

Barawa Sand Runner, (Brenner's Sand Lizard)



1869 Eremias brenneri Peters
Boulengerina brenneri Lataste 1885
Pseuderemias brenneri Szczerbak 1975
Mesalina brenneri Welch 1982
1888 Eremias edwardsii Mocquard (Szczerbak 1975)

Remarks: Not mentioned for Djibouti by Spawls, Mazuch & Mohammad (2023).
Distribution: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan.

Pseuderemias erythrosticta

Red-spotted Sand Runner, (Boulenger's Sand Lizard)

Rotgefleckter Wüstenrenner

Rødplettet Sandløberfirben

1891 Eremias erythrosticta Boulenger
Pseuderemias erythrosticta Szczerbak 1975
Mesalina erythrosticta Welch 1982

Distribution: Somalia.

Pseuderemias mucronata

Anseba Sand Runner, Anseba Lizard, (Blanford's Sand Racer)



1870 Acanthodactylus mucronatus Blanford
Eremias mucronata Günther 1870
Boulengerina mucronata Lataste 1885
Pseuderemias mucronata Szczerbak 1975
Mesalina mucronata Welch 1982
1883 Pseuderemias lineolata Boettger (Szczerbak 1975)

Remarks: Some authors regard savagei and septemstriata as subspecies of mucronata (e.g., Lanza 1990). Records from Sinai are erroneous (Baha el Din 2006).
Distribution: Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan.

Pseuderemias savagei

Kandala Sand Runner, (Savage's Sand Lizard)



1965 Eremias savagei Gans, Laurent & Pandit
Pseuderemias savagei Szczerbak 1975
Eremias mucronata savagei Lanza 1990

Remarks: Sometimes regarded as a subspecies of mucronata (e.g., Lanza 1990).
Distribution: Somalia.

Pseuderemias septemstriata

Halin Sand Runner, (Parker's Sand Lizard)



1942 Eremias septemstriata Parker
Pseuderemias septemstriata Szczerbak 1975
Eremias mucronata septemstriata Lanza 1990

Remarks: Sometimes regarded as a subspecies of mucronata (e.g., Lanza 1990).
Distribution: Somalia.

Pseuderemias smithi

Ethiopian Sand Runner, (Smith's Sand Lizard)

Äthiopischer Wüstenrenner

Etiopisk Sandløberfirben

1895 Eremias smithi Boulenger
Pseuderemias smithi Szczerbak 1975
Mesalina smithi Welch 1982

Distribution: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia.

Pseuderemias striata

Striped Sand Runner, (Peters' Sand Lizard)

Gestreifter Wüstenrenner

Stribet Sandløberfirben

1874 Eremias brenneri striatus Peters
Eremias striata Boulenger 1896
Pseuderemias striata Szczerbak 1975
Mesalina striata Welch 1982
1893 Eremias hoehneli Stejneger (Szczerbak 1975)
1965 Eremias striata gardoensis Arillo, Baletto & Spano
Pseuderemias striata gardoensis Szczerbak 1975

Remarks: Presence in Djibouti seems unclear. Reported by Lanza (1990) and Nistri & Vanni (2014). Ineich (1999) stated that the presence of the species needs confirmation. It was not mentioned for the country by Spawls, Mazuch & Mohammad (2023).
Distribution: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia.